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Magnesium ablaze at Ohio recycling plant

An explosion sends flames high into the air as firefighters attempt to contain the blaze.
An explosion sends flames high into the air as firefighters attempt to contain the blaze.

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CHICAGO, Illinois (Reuters) -- A fire at a magnesium recycling plant in Ohio Monday caused no injuries, but could burn for days, a fire official said.

The blaze began in an office area and spread to magnesium ingots at the Garfield Alloys Inc. plant, a spokesman for the Garfield Heights, Ohio, fire department said.

The company could not be reached for comment.

The plant is isolated from residential areas of Garfield Heights, a southern suburb of Cleveland, and there were no evacuations, the fire department spokesman said.

Magnesium reacts explosively with water, and rainfall was worsening the blaze, which could burn for two days or longer, he said. The air was being monitored for toxic fumes.

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