Bellevue gets 'all clear' after fire contained at MagReTech
The Huron County Emergency Management Agency issued an all clear for the City of Bellevue before noon Tuesday after Bellevue Fire Department brought a magnesium fire in a trailer parking area MagReTech on CR 177 under control.
Bellevue Fire Chief Brian Putnam spoke at a 9:30 a.m. press conference Tuesday at the fire station downtown and told media that the fire had been suppressed and could smolder for several days.
He said scrap magnesium in four trailers behind the local plant had caught fire. The fire department had been notified shortly before 5 a.m. Tuesday morning.The city then prepared for the possible evacuation of various areas and put The Bellevue Hospital on alert.
“With magnesium, the method to extinguish it is to (let) them burn themselves out,” the fire chief pointed out.
“Our concern was for the smoke,” he stressed. He said the fire was covered with M130 Flux, an extinguisher agent for smothering fires where water cannot be used.
“We’re still under investigation of the cause of the fire,” he told a fire hall full of TV and print media and Bellevue City Council members.
Officials were still on the scene this afternoon at CR 177. Putnam said that the cause of the fire had yet to be determined and more information would be release when the cause was determined.
Due to the fire Tuesday morning, Precision Automotive was closed and Bellevue City Schools were closed for the day.