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Foundry fire battle took 13 hours


ELYRIA — Firefighters spent 13 hours over two days extinguishing a fire at the Elyria Foundry Co.

Firefighters were called to the plant at 120 Filbert St., off Gateway Boulevard at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday and didn’t depart until 5:15 a.m. Thursday, according to fire Capt. Joe Pronesti.

Pronesti said most Elyria firefighters departed about midnight Thursday, but a crew of four remained to douse hot spots.

Pronesti attributed the lengthy response to the size and configuration of the approximately 100,000-square-foot South Foundry building.

He said the building has thick insulation in the walls and there were “a lot of hot spots and hidden pockets of fire.”

Pronesti said the fire started near a conveyor belt on the west side of the building, but the cause of the fire remains under investigation. No one was hurt in the fire spotted by an off-duty firefighter and also called in by a foundry security guard.

At the height of the blaze, Elyria firefighters were assisted by counterparts from Carlisle Township and Lorain. They departed about 9:45 p.m. Wednesday. The plant was closed for Christmas and reopens Jan. 6.

Pronesti and Henry Lee, foundry chief operating officer, said they didn’t have a damage estimate. Lee said workers spent Thursday cleaning water out of equipment. Lee said no “major components” were seri- ously damaged.

The 30-acre plant makes iron castings for gas compression equipment and coal pul- verizers.

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