February 18, 2011

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Metal smelting company fire requires special firefighting techniques

MAYBROOK – Fire in a large filtration system at Eastern Alloys in Maybrook required the use of dry chemical agents to put it out.

The 35 foot high tower which contains cotton filters caught fire while it was shut down for maintenance Thursday, said Maybrook Fire Chief Charles Woznick.

Because of the presence of zinc dust, firefighters could not use water to fight the flames so the Stewart Airport Air National Guard’s Fire Department was called in with its dry chemical extinguishing agents.

No one was injured and all of the employees were evacuated.

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