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Published: Friday, 11/7/2008

Fire at Brush Wellman leads to shop evacuation

ELMORE The old cast shop at the Brush Wellman plant was evacuated for about two hours yesterday when oil put on metal alloy flared up in a furnace, causing smoke to spread to an air duct, a spokesman said.

The fire was reported at 4:20 a.m. when copper-beryllium alloy in the melting furnace caught fire from burning oil. The fire extinguished itself about 6 a.m. after more alloy this time without any oil on it was put in the furnace, said Larry Chako, a Brush Wellman spokesman.

Normally, alloy melts in the furnace without catching fire, Mr. Chako said.

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