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Machine Explodes Inside Plum Business, Creating Haz-Mat Situation

By ERIC RASMUSSEN, Senior Correspondent | April 05, 2020 | PENNSYLVANIA

Story No. 041020104

Plum Borough, PA - At 11:36 A.M. on April 5th, firefighters were dispatched to a reported commercial structure fire located in the 1900 block of Eastern Avenue at the Affival company, which produced steel products.

Dispatch advised crews that it was reported that a machine exploded and there was now a fire in the building. Dispatch then advised responding crews that the building contained titanium and calcium powder. Command requested that the Allegheny County Haz-Mat team also be dispatched to the scene.

Crews arrived to find a fire in the rear of the building and were quickly able to contain it using dry powder. About a dozen employees were inside the building when the explosion occurred. Three of them were taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons.

The cause of the explosion is still under investigation.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.