Welding Sparks Fire At Chesterfield Aluminum Plant
CHESTERFIELD, VA—A fire burning at a metal recycling plant in Chesterfield County began as crews were welding inside the plant, working to repair damage from a fire that broke out just two week ago, fire officials confirm.
Chesterfield County Fire crews responded around 9:30 a.m. Friday to the Aleris Rolled Products, Inc., located at 1601 Reyment Road.
The fire broke out as workers were operating welding equipment inside the plant to repair damage from a fire that broke out inside the plant April 24.
Fire crews are working to extinguish the fire and have moved to a neighboring building's roof to try and break down the flames. No injuries have been reported in Friday's fire.
Hazardous materials had been removed from the building following the April fire. In that incident, workers were evacuated from the five-story building. No one was injured.
The April fire was started as a furnace fire, which is part of the recycling process, but then spread within the insulation of walls and the floor, fire officials said.