Officials release new details about fire at former AK Steel Coke plant
The Ashland, Kentucky Fire Department has determined that the fire at the former AK Steel Coke Plant on Monday started when contractors were working to dismantle a part of the plant using cutting torches.
They were cutting bolts from a manway cover when material was ignited inside. Officials said the vessel was made of wood, steel, and plastic and some residue material inside caught fire.
The material was believed to be coal tar residue and was burning inside the vessel which was impassable to firefighters. They contained the fire and let it burn itself out.
No one was injured.
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