Authorities evaluate Copperweld fire

Posted on Friday, January 4, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Copperweld Fire

Authorities were on site at Copperweld Bimetallics, LLC, Saturday, evaluating the cause of Friday afternoon’s rooftop fire and assessing damages to the facility.

While the cause had not yet been determined, authorities said the blaze started in the area of four central units on the plant’s rooftop. There, the fire was also contained, said Fayetteville Fire Chief Danny Travis, adding that the facility did not appear to have sustained interior damage.

“Each of our shifts has been suspended until further notice,” said Eddie Hall, vice president of human resources for Copperweld inFayetteville. “We are working diligently to recover and intend to be back in operation as quickly as possible.”

Friday at approximately 2:10 p.m., emergency procedures were enacted at the facility with the evacuation of personnel due to the fire.

Immediate response by Fayetteville Fire Department, led by Travis and his crews, resulted in the fire being brought under control within 45 minutes of their arrival and completely extinguished within approximately two hours. Firemen did remain on the scene until just after 6 p.m. to ensure no reoccurrence of the blaze.

“All employees were sent home,” said Hall, noting that emergency procedures were effective in ensuring the safety of employees. “Approximately 70 employees were on site at the time of fire, and all were safely evacuated.”

AFayettevillefireman did sustain a sprained knee while fighting the blaze and was treated atLincolnMedicalCenter, said Travis, adding that he anticipates the fireman making a full recovery.

“We would like to extend our thanks to all personnel that responded, particularly the Fayetteville Fire Department and our local law enforcement, as well asEMS, and of course, we hope the injured firefighter makes a full recovery,” said Hall.

Travis also thanked everyone assisting on the scene, saying, “We appreciate everyone who helped and other responding agencies.” In addition to the Fayetteville Fire Department, the Fayetteville Police Department, Fayetteville Public Utilities and Lincoln County Emergency Medical Services also responded. 

Copperweld Bimetallics, LLC, an outstanding member of the Fayetteville/Lincoln County community since 1975, is a global leader in the manufacturing of bimetallic products.

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