Hammond Steel Producer Shut Down By Fire
December 17, 2013 by Sarah Holst — Hammond firefighters spent more than twelve hours on the scene of a fire Monday night at Midwestern Steel Fabricators, located at 1745 165th Street.
Hammond Deputy Fire Chief Kevin Margraf says no one was injured in the incident and firefighters did not locate anyone inside the building. Margraf says employees from the fabricating company said they closed up shop for the day and left around 4:30 p.m.
Around 8:40pm firefighters received the first of several 911 calls reporting signs of fire at the facility. The fire was contained by 4 a.m., with just one fire truck remaining at the scene to monitor for any flare-ups.
A morning crew was sent to the scene around 8 a.m. to relieve the first responders, and the blaze was completely extinguished by 11 a.m.
According to Margraf, the flames seemed to be concentrated in a section near the center of the building. He says that area houses overhead cranes used to move heavy steel beams through the fabricating process, and without those cranes operating the business may be forced to stop work.
Margraf says the cause of the fire is under investigation by the Hammond Fire Department and insurance agencies representing the building owner and the property owner.