Three people were hospitalized after an explosion and fire Thursday morning at the Global Titanium Inc. metal processing plant in Detroit, MI, local media reports said.
Firefighters were called to the Flyer avenue site after flames were spotted inside of the facility at about 2:30 a.m., Global Titanium President Bob Swenson told the Detroit Free Press. First responders and DTE Energy personnel cut power to the plant after arriving at the scene.
A HAZMAT crew also responded to the plant because hazardous materials, including chemicals and gasses, are used in the facility.
The three injured workers were transported to an area hospital for treatment. Officials said in coverage by The Detroit News that a 45-year-old experienced pain in his back, face, and leg, a 46-year old man received burns to his hand and reported having pain in his back and leg, and a 27-year-old was treated for nausea and vomiting.
Global Titanium is one of the world’s biggest manufacturers of ferrotitanium and converts wrought titanium and titanium sponge into powders using a hydride-dehydride process, according to information on the company’s website. The company was established in Detroit in 1937 as the Frankel Company Inc.
The cause of the explosion and fire is under investigation.