The Bradken company had not determined Monday what caused the roof of its foundry in Tacoma’s Nalley Valley to collapse into the facility’s hot casting area late last week. It ignited a 50-by-50-foot blaze that burned well into Friday.
No one was injured.
Bradken national safety director Steve Lakes said Monday that the company had brought in an engineering firm to investigate the collapse and that the city had asked about the incident as well.
“We were paid a visit by the building inspector for the city of Tacoma,” he said. “We want to take all necessary steps to ensure the safety of our employees. We still don’t know what caused the roof collapse, and we’re still investigating.”
Tacoma Fire spokesman Joe Meinecke said the fire investigator notified the city’s Planning and Development Services department about the collapse.
Department of Labor and Industries spokeswoman Elaine Fischer said the state wasn’t investigating the incident as of Monday. “They’re monitoring the information as it comes out to see if there’s something that Labor and Industries would have jurisdiction over,” she said.
Lakes said fire crews complimented foundry workers on their evacuation Thursday. He didn’t immediately know how many employees fled the building at the time of the fire but said they were all quickly accounted for.
The melding and pouring operations at the facility remain shut down as the company assesses what repairs will be necessary, but the foundry’s other departments are still operating, Lakes said.
Before the facility was acquired by Bradken, the then-Atlas foundry was the site of a propane blast in 2007 that killed a tanker truck driver.
Meinecke said fire crews did not have reason to be concerned about possible explosions at the site during the fire Thursday.
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