Lufkin fire crews contain fire at site of former Citation Texas Foundry

Lufkin fire crews contain fire at site of former Citation Texas Foundry

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin firefighters quickly contained a fire that broke out at the salvage yard located at the site of the former Citation Texas Foundry on North Raguet Street Thursday afternoon and kept it from spreading to nearby acetylene and propylene tanks.

Steve McCool, a spokesman for the Lufkin Fire Department, said the fire started under a wood chipper and quickly spread. Heavy black smoke was visible when fire crews arrived on the scene.

"An employee on site stated that they were welding/cutting on a large piece of machinery, and some hydraulic fluid beneath the machine caught on fire and caused the chipper to catch on fire also," McCool said. "He also advised that there were some acetylene and propylene bottles near the seat of the fire."

Fire trucks from several Lufkin fire stations responded to the blaze at 4:40 p.m.. The fire started in a wood grinder located in one of the business' buildings. Lufkin Police officers blocked traffic on Hill Street, which runs behind the old foundry.

While Engine 5 hosed down the fire with a "master stream" from Hill Street, firefighters from Engine 4 set up a ladder within the facility to knock the fire down. The fire crews continued to hose down the area until it had cooled, and then they used smaller fire hoses to extinguish any remaining "hot spots."

Fire crews had the fire completely contained by 6:15 p.m., and no injuries were reported.

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