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Conveying equipment was damaged in a fire Saturday at the Mountain State Carbon plant in Follansbee, WV. Image courtesy of Pixabay

Conveyor Fire at Furnace Coke Plant

A fire damaged conveying equipment and sections of a building last Saturday morning at the Mountain State Carbon furnace coke plant in Follansbee, WV, local news organizations reported. 

“We had a fire on one of the belts that were shut down for maintenance,” Mountain State Carbon’s owner, AK Steel, said in a statement to television news station WTOV. “There were no injuries and no interruption to operations is expected.”

The blaze ignited at about 8 a.m., according to the company. Crews from several fire departments responded to the Brooke County facility. 

Follansbee Fire Chief Larry Rea told WV Metro News that about 80 ft of conveyor belt used to transport coal received “extensive damage” and the top floor of a coal handling building at the site was left with “moderate damage.” The official said that coal dust, the conveyor belt, and coal burned in the fire. 

No injuries occurred during the blaze. 

Mountain State Carbon’s plant in Follansbee has a total coke production capacity of more than 1 million tn/yr, information on the company’s website said. The site produces furnace coke, foundry coke, and coke breeze and fractions. 

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