Where there’s smoke …

Crews battle acid fire at Dunkirk steel plant

Photo by Jennifer Ott Berdyck A plume of smoke rose over Dunkirk as a result of an acid fire Sunday morning.
Photo by Dan Kohler Firefighters and Hazmat crews responded to Dunkirk Specialty Steel on Brigham Road around 9 a.m.
OBSERVER Photo by Dan Kohler Steelworkers had to evacuate the plant Sunday morning for an acid fire. Also seen is the over 1,000 yards of hose used to extinguish the blaze with foam.

A plume of smoke fell ominously over the otherwise sunny morning in Dunkirk Sunday. Responders headed to origin of that smoke, Dunkirk Specialty Steel at 836 Brigham Road around 9 a.m.

According to a report from Dunkirk Fire Lieutenant Robert Trzaska, firefighters found heavy smoke and fire coming from an attached structure housing a ventilation system upon arrival at the plant.

They also found the tank, containing hydrofluoric acid, was also ablaze.

City of Dunkirk firefighters worked along side West Dunkirk Fire Department and the Chautauqua County Hazmat Team to douse the fire. Firefighters used more than 1,000 yards of handline hose with foam inside to extinguish the fire located in a building behind the plant.

Crews were on the scene for four hours, during which time Brigham Road from Willowbrook to Lucas Avenue was closed. No injuries were reported.