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Massena (St. Lawrence) - Working Fire @ Alcoa Aluminum Manufacturing Plant 3-29-2012

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Date: 3/29/2012

Time: 15:00

Location: Alcoa Aluminum Manufacturing Plant (Alcoa West "casthouse" building)

Frequency: St. Lawrence County Central Dispatch

Units Operating: [Alcoa Fire Brigade]l [Massena FD]; [Potsdam FD; E80, R14, T5]; [Norwood FD]; [Louisville FD]; [brasher-Winthrop FD]; [Helena FD]; [Hogansburg FD]; [Massena Rescue Squad]; [seaway Valley Ambulance];

Units Reclocated: [West Potsdam FD @ Potsdam FD]; numerous others

Weather Conditions: Cloudy, chilly, light snow.

Description Of Incident: Working fire in the Alcoa West "casthouse" building at the Alcoa Inc, Aluminum Manufgacuring plant in Massena, New York. A Machine used to melt aluminum chips malfunctioned and exploded. 50 workers were in the building at the time of the explosion, several of which were close to the machine that malfunctioned. All workers were evacuated, no injuries reported. Alcoa fire brigade members and Massena FD members arrived on scene to fine heavy fire through the roof of the building. Mutual aid was requested from Potsdam FD (28 miles away), Brasher-Winthrop FD, Helena FD, Hogansburg FD and Norwood FD. St. Lawrence County and NYS Fire Officials on scene. As of 19:45, firefighter were still extinguishing the fire. Fire Officials attempted to get a helicopter to get an aerial inspection of the fire. Mutual aid began to be released around 20:30. Potsdam FD and several other departments re-toned at 22:20 for interior members to respond back to the scene.

Writer: PFDRes47cue



**Fun Fact - This is the longest continually operating Aluminum facility in the world. Produces 800,000 pounds of molten aluminum per day.

Edited by PFDRes47cue
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