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UPDATE: Fire Out at Former Coke Plant in Ashland, Ky.

UPDATE 1/2/13 @ 2:45 p.m.
ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Investigators believe they have the cause of a fire at the former AK Steel Coke Plant in Ashland.

The fire started about 3 p.m. Monday in a stack at the old plant in the 3800-block of Winchester Avenue.

The plant, owned by AK Steel, closed in 2011 and demolition of the plant started several months back.

Ashland Fire Chief Scott Penick tells WSAZ.com they believe the fire started as workers were using cutting torches at the bottom of a stack to prepare it for demolition.

Firefighters took extra precautions to get the fire under control. In the end, they decided the best way to fight the fire was to let it burn itself out.

By Wednesday afternoon, the fire was completely out.

Crews from the Ashland, Westwood and England Hill Fire Departments helped battle the fire.

The coke plant had been considered non-compliant with the Clean Air Act for about three years before its closing, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

The coke plant produced a fuel made by baking coal in large ovens and is a key material in making steel.



UPDATE 12/31/12 @ 9:15 p.m.
ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Crews decided to let a fire at the former Coke Plant in Ashland to burn itself out, firefighters at the scene tell WSAZ.com.

The fire started about 3 p.m. Monday at the old plant in the 3800 block of Winchester Avenue.

Firefighters took extra precautions to get the fire under control. Crews from the Ashland, Westwood and England Hill Fire departments were at the scene.

There was no word on a cause.

The plant, owned by AK Steel, closed in 2011. At the time, 263 workers were employed there. Demolition on the plant started in the past couple of months and is expected to be completed by the middle of 2013.



UPDATE 12/31/12 @ 5:25 p.m.
ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Crews continue to battle a fire at the former Coke Plant in Ashland.

The fire was reported around 3 p.m. Monday at the old plant in the 3800 block of Winchester Avenue.

Crews from the Ashland, Westwood and England Hill Fire departments were on scene.

Dispatchers tell WSAZ.com that crews were having an issue with water, but were working through it.

They say as of 5:30 p.m., fire crews are still working to put out the fire.

No word on what caused the fire.

The plant, owned by AK Steel, closed in 2011. At the time, 263 workers were employed there. Demolition on the plant started in the past couple of months and is expected to be completed by the middle of 2013.

We have a crew on the scene and will continue to update this story as more information is released.



ORIGINAL STORY 12/31/12 @ 3:37 p.m.
ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A fire has been reported at the former Coke Plant in Ashland.

Boyd County 911 dispatchers tell WSAZ.com the fire was reported about 3 p.m. Monday at the old plant in the 3800 block of Winchester Avenue.

Crews from Ashland and Westwood Fire Departments are working to put out the fire.

We have a crew headed to the scene.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.


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