Jasper Engines & Transmission Quickly Extinguishes Small Magnesium Fire

Jasper Engines and Transmission employees found themselves being evacuated from their Wernsing Road facility this morning as a small fire caused by hot shavings tripped the alarms.

Just shortly after 8:30 am this morning the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department responded to a call of a magnesium fire at the Jasper Engines and Transmissions plant in the Tool and Dye Department.

It was reported by an official with Jasper Engines that an end mill’s rubber guard had caught fire after hot shavings of a magnesium part came into contact with the guard.

The operator of the machine tried to suppress the fire by smothering it however extinguishers were used to completely terminate the fire.

Jasper Volunteer Fire Department continued to respond and placed fans throughout the tool and dye area to disperse the remaining smoke.

Employees were allowed back into the building and work was back on schedule with in a short time of the incident.

Jasper Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene with five trucks and 33 firefighters and were on scene for about 25 minutes.

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