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Dust Collector Fire at Automotive Components Plant

October 10, 2019

Firefighters responded to the Dicastal North America (DNA) plant in Greenville, MI on Tuesday after a blaze ignited in a baghouse outside of the facility, the company said in a statement posted to social media. 

The Greenville Department of Public Safety (GDPS) dispatched emergency personnel to the Dicastal Drive facility at about 1 p.m., the Greenville Daily News reported. Officials told the newspaper that the fire was isolated to dust collector used to control aluminum particles. DNA primarily manufactures aluminum alloy wheels.

“The fire occurred outside the plant and no one was injured. Since the time of the event, DNA has returned back to full production and has seen no impact to our operation,” the company stated in a Facebook post. “In response to this incident, DNA has set up several teams to investigate the cause and corrective actions which will need to be taken to avoid future incidents.”

DNA is also initiating a special safety promotion to promote safety awareness among its employees as a result of the fire. 

Another blaze was put out in the Greenville plant’s melting area on September 28. Following that incident, DNA released a statement that the facility was “fully operational and is suffering no lasting effects” from the fire. “We experienced a short stoppage in our casting and machining line at the time of this incident,” the company said, “but were quickly back up and running.” No injuries or damage was logged during that incident. 

There have been seven fires within three years at the DNA plant in Greenville, GDPS Director Dennis Magirl said in an interview with the Daily News. An investigation into the cause of the fire on Tuesday is ongoing.

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