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Finkl Steel explosion affected nearby home

Steel News - Published on Fri, 19 Apr 2019

Image Source: CBS Chicago - CBS Local
ABC7 Chicago reported that a home on Chicago's South Side caught fire Wednesday morning after an explosion at a nearby steel plant. The Chicago Fire Department responded to a report of a blast in a slag pit at Finkl Steel in Chicago's Burnside neighborhood, near East 93rd Street and South Kenwood Avenue. Slag, or hot metal, is a by-product of steel making. Finkl Steel officials said slag is supposed to be placed on dry ground. But when it made contact with water Wednesday morning, there was a burst that sent the hot metal flying into the air. That debris caused a small fire at a nearby manufacturing company. Chicago firefighters quickly put out that fire quickly.

Fire crews then saw flames at a home in the 9100-block of South Woodlawn Avenue, about half a block from the steel plant. The house was evacuated and the fire was extinguished. The two-story home sustained heavy damage in the back of the structure.

One firefighter suffered a cut to his hand during the response and was transported to Advocate Trinity Hospital for treatment. No one else was hurt.

Finkl officials said the family in that home was displaced and they are helping them get into a hotel, as well as with food and supplies. The American Red Cross is also assisting.

A second home was damaged by the burning debris, officials said, but that damage was minor.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Fri, 19 Apr 2019
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