Ravenna: Magnesium fire rages for hours - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Ravenna: Magnesium fire rages for hours

Nine fire departments respond to magnesium fire  on N. Walnut Street  (Source: WOIO) Nine fire departments respond to magnesium fire on N. Walnut Street (Source: WOIO)
RAVENNA, OH (WOIO) -

Ravenna Fire responded to a call for a structure fire at 700 North Walnut Street on Saturday around 8:32 a.m. 

When the crew arrived at Light Metals, it would soon be discovered that magnesium used for making parts had flared and caused the fire.

Officials say that extinguishing the magnesium fire took some rolling up of sleeves because they couldn't use water-- they had to use sand.

Sand is the only thing they could use to smother the flames.

Although nine other departments were called to assist, the fire got out of control when sand that wasn't cured properly made things worse.

The moisture in the sand caused the fire and smoke to increase.

Crews spent more than three hours shoveling sand onto the flames which had extended to the ceiling of the structure.

In the end, no one was in need of rescue and no firefighters were injured.

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