No injuries reported in industrial fire

A fire that started in the northeast corner of the ArcelorMittal manufacturing facility on Industrial Drive in Pine Bluff on Monday afternoon caused no injuries, according to Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services Department spokesman Lt. Harold Clark.

“We got the call just before 2 p.m. and it took between 30 and 45 minutes to get the fire under control from the time we arrived on scene,” Clark said. “We had reports that welding was taking place in the vicinity of where the fire started but the fire marshal is still conducting his investigation and there is no conclusive cause of the fire at this time.”

Clark said the plant, which manufactures wire for use in automotive tires, was completely evacuated at the time the fire department arrived on scene.

“Management at Arcelor Mittal was very cooperative and I worked with them to ensure that everybody was out of the building,” Clark said.

Clark said a recent walk-through of the facility by PBFES and the White Hall Volunteer Fire Department proved invaluable in the fighting of the Monday afternoon fire.

“PBFES Lt. Mike Hipp coordinated with the White Hall department on contingency planning for what to do in the event that the facility became fully involved in a fire,” Clark said. “Because this was a more limited fire we did not have to call on White Hall but knowing exactly how the building is set up made a big difference today.”

Clark said the department’s two ladder trucks as well as four pumpers and a command captain were on scene to fight the fire Monday.