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Massena Vol. Fire Dept. tanker en route to fire at the Massena West Alcoa plant. Photo: Still from Youtube video by John Michaud III
Massena Vol. Fire Dept. tanker en route to fire at the Massena West Alcoa plant. Photo: Still from Youtube video by John Michaud III

Alcoa to assess fire damage at West plant, near Massena

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Officials with Alcoa say flare ups from a large fire at their West Plant casthouse building, near Massena, were out by 4:30 this morning. Alcoa spokesperson Laurie Marr says firefighters from multiple fire departments were on the scene through the night.

She says no one was hurt in the fire. Thick black smoke drifted over Massena. Marr says they don't think the smoke contained hazardous materials.

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"I can’t tell you what was in that area, because we haven’t be able to get in that building. We don’t even know exactly what area the fire was in. The firemen determined the smoke was being caused by the roof fire."

Marr says they think the fire was caused by a piece of equipment called a chip melter.  

The Thursday evening shift in the casthouse was canceled. Marr says workers were told to report for the morning shift at a different location. She says the smelter is functioning normally, and the company will assess changes to its operations in the coming days.

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