Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Fire at Nippon Steel Plant

It is reported that a fire broke out Nippon Steel Corp’s plant at its Yawata Works at Kitakyushu in southwest Japan. There are no reports of injuries.
A spokesman said the fire, which was discovered at 6:37 AM apparently began at a conveyer belt before spreading to the building.
AS per reports, TV footage showed flames shooting out from smokestacks and other parts of the plant and an aerial shot showed the entire plant shrouded in thick black smoke. TV announcers said fire trucks were at the site fighting the blaze.
Nippon Steel said it is unclear how much or what kind of impact the fire would have on operations at its Yawata Works, one of the firm's main steelmaking plants with crude steel production of 4.01 million tonnes in 2007. Yawata Works, which makes a range of products such as bar steel, steel pipes and steel sheets, has about 2,950 employees.

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