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IPFS News Link • Ohio

SABOTAGE: Fourth industrial disaster strikes Northeastern Ohio in mere weeks

•, by: Lance D Johnson

On Wednesday March 1, a metal fabricator plant in Cleveland, Ohio broke out in fire, with multiple explosions going off in the process. Over 50 firefighters and hazmat specialists responded to the scene. The company, AJ Rose, supplies precision products for the automotive, truck and agricultural industries. The fire caused nitrogen and propane explosions that unleashed fine particulate matter and unknown byproducts into the surrounding air.

Nitrogen and propane explosions go off in Cleveland, Ohio

According to "More than 50 Cleveland firefighters responded Wednesday morning to a large blaze with multiple explosions in a warehouse in the city's Clark-Fulton neighborhood. Lieutenant Mike Norman said crews were dispatched to a fire at the AJ Rose Manufacturing Co. in the 3100 block of West 38th Street at 9:05 a.m. According to Norman, firefighters finished extinguishing the flames at 10 a.m., as "smoke continued to billow out of the shattered windows."

Lieutenant Norman said officials did not know how the fire started, "but there were several explosions as we responded." The fire quickly spread to the facility's nitrogen tanks (used in the tooling process) and propane tanks (used for the forklifts). "It's definitely a concern for us," Norman said. "Every run we go on we learn something. We are constantly doing our inspections."

At least twenty employees were in the warehouse when the fire took off, and several received minor injuries. No one sought treatment. In a statement, the company said: "We are very grateful that no one was hurt in this incident. The safety of everyone in our facility is always a top priority."