Fire, Explosion Reported At Mt. Pleasant Aluminum Plant
MT. PLEASANT, Tenn. – Fire crews were called out Thursday night to a fire and explosion at an aluminum processing plant in Mt. Pleasant.
The fire broke out around 8 p.m. at the Tennessee Aluminum Processors on Hoover Mason Road. The fire chief said they were able to put it out quickly.
It was not the main building on fire, but rather a slag building that had a concrete barrier which prevented the fire from spreading.
The fire chief said they believe the fire started by a reaction of magnesium coming into contact with some water, which may have also caused the explosion. The water possibly from the storm that blew through the area earlier in the evening.
He added that the employees knew that water and magnesium did not mix, and were able to use heavy equipment and a salt-like substance to smother and cover the fire.
The plant was in operation at the time. The plant manager came out to the scene to check out the damage.