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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Recent Industrial Fires in the News

U.S. Industrial Fires/Explosions in this weeks news:

VIDEO: Explosion at South Los Angeles Titanium Storage Warehouse for Golf Club ManufacturingĂ‚ |Ă‚ The Cardinal
Source: arlingtoncardinal.com
LA Fire Dept spraying water on a titanium fire. Guess what happens next?

When exposed to elevated temperatures in air, titanium readily reacts with oxygen. This occurs at 1,200 °C (2,190 °F) in air, and at 610 °C (1,130 °F) in pure oxygen, forming titanium dioxide. As a result, the metal cannot be melted in open air since it burns before the melting point is reached. Melting is only possible in an inert atmosphere or in a vacuum.  Titanium can react explosively when contacted with water or even humid air.


Video: Fire destroys former Ethan Allen plant
Workers accidentally ignite blaze that levels the 220,000-square-foot.
Watch the video.


According to GoErie.com, state police fire marshals said fire was accidentally ignited by workers who were using torches inside the three-story building.



The Soy Energy plant was destroyed Saturday afternoon in a blaze that firefighters battled for 10 hours … continue
The Soy Energy plant was destroyed Saturday afternoon in a blaze that firefighters battled for 10 hours. The plant was closed at the time and no serious injuries were reported.  The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.



The fire marshal and AL Solutions' insurers are bringing experts in explosions and various engineering specialties to the Northern Panhandle site … continue

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