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Longview Fire helps extinguish hydraulic system fire at Nucor steel plant

Fire at Nucor Steel (Source: KLTV staff) Fire at Nucor Steel (Source: KLTV staff)

The Longview Fire Department helped extinguish a hydraulic fire inside of a steel distributor, Nucor Steel Corp., Monday afternoon.

The fire started around 1 p.m. at the plant located in the 5400 block of W. Loop 281, across the way from Lake Letourneau. 

"Everything was contained inside the building, no one was injured," said Bryson Trumble, general manager of Nucor Steel. "In the interest of safety of our team, we actually called in the Longview Fire Department to give us a little assistance on it."

Residents who lived nearby reported through social media a "burning smell" coming from the plant. That smell was coming from a furnace which melts steel, Trumble said, and added there was no danger to the area. The hydraulic system was designed to handle 3,000 degree molten steel, but Trumble added, "just about anything will burn when you put enough heat on it."

The fire happened deep inside the furnace system, and posed no immediate danger to the Nucor workers. Trumble said the call to the Longview Fire Department was out of abundance of caution, and to make sure there was no further damage to the hydraulic system.

"We're very happy they've come to help us, we're also very thankful we've got the Longview Fire Department to help us out," Trumble said. "First responders are obviously very important to us, and make sure we take care of them in any way we possibly can."

Trumble said the plant hosts the Longview Fire Department about once a year. They tour the inside of the plant so in cases of emergency both teams know how to better work together to safely solve any situation that may occur.

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