Officials begin examining what caused blaze at former Atlas foundry in Tacoma

Staff writerJuly 26, 2013 

A plume of smoke rises from the Bradken foundry early Friday morning.

JONATHAN SMITH — Staff writer

A fire that broke out in Tacoma's Bradken foundry on Thursday evening has mostly burned itself out, and company officials are beginning to look into the cause and what it would take to clean up the mess left behind, the Tacoma Fire Department reported Friday morning.

"It's basically out," Tacoma Fire spokesman Joe Meinecke said.

Some debris continues to smolder, Meinecke said, but the threat of the fire spreading has passed.

The blaze broke out about 6 p.m. Firefighters said part of the roof covering a hot-casting operation caved in and caught fire when it came into contact with molten materials being processed below.

A column of smoke billowed out of the facility while dozens of firefighters raced to the scene. No injuries were reported.

Firefighters contained the blaze to the location of origin and let it burn out over night.

Meinecke said Friday that company officials were investigating the cause of the roof collapse and assessing what must be done to remove the remaining debris and shore up the building.

One crew of firefighters remained on the scene Friday morning to make sure the blaze did not reignite, Meinecke said.


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