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Another Fire Reported At Clairton Coke Works

There was a fire at the facility on December 24 as well

June 17, 2019 - 10:47 am

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - There has been another fire at the U.S. Steel Clairton Coke Works facility.

The Allegheny County Health Department says it was an electrical equipment fire shortly after 4:40 a.m.

“Control rooms 1, 2 and 5 were shut down because of the fire. Control 1 is now back to normal operations. Currently, control rooms 2 and 5, which hold the equipment and controls necessary to clean the coke oven gases, remain shut down. These are the same two control rooms that were immediately shut down following the December 24, 2018 fire.”

While the control rooms are offline there will be no desulfurization of the coke oven gas.

They say similar measures are being taken to mitigate and issues, similar to the measures taken after the December 24 fire.

Health Inspectors are onsite evaluating the damage.

People with respiratory conditions along with children and the elderly should be “aware of the potential for elevated levels of SO@; however there is no need to residents to take specific precautions at this time.”

The Health Department will give an update when more information is available.

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