The fire broke out shortly after six Thursday evening at the Steel of West Virginia plant in Huntington. Firefighters tell NewsChannel 3 that hydraulic fluid leaking from ruptured lines was ignited by a boiler inside the mill.
Firefighters had to use foam to fight the fire because using water inside the mill where molten metal reaches 3000 degrees was just too dangerous. Firefighters tell us using water in that situation could produce a steam explosion.
The fire was quickly contained once firefighters could enter the building. Firefighters credit quick response by plant employees with helping to contain the damage. No one was injured and at last check the extent of the damage to the facility was still being determined. Investigators will now look in to what caused the hydraulic lines to fail.