New Castle News

Closer Look

October 30, 2012

Inmetco fire’s cause undetermined

NEW CASTLE — The cause of a fire at the Inmetco plant in Ellwood City is undetermined.

Ali Alavi, senior vice president of corporate affairs for the firm, said Monday the fire appears to have started in the raw material staging area where the company blends materials.

Inmetco recycles metals and batteries.

The fire damaged the roof, he said, hindering the company’s ability to determine a cause.

“It poses some safety concerns,” Alavi said, adding the company has to assess the situation “before we proceed with a further investigation.”

No injuries occurred as a result of the blaze. Inmetco has about 100 employees, but Alavi said not all of them were working at the time of Sunday night’s fire.

“From what we can tell, our main operating equipment appears to be in good shape,” he said.

The timing of the fire was somewhat fortuitous for the firm. Alavi said the company was going to halt operations this week for its “annual outage.”

Ellwood City Fire Chief Rick Myers said the blaze posed “no threat to the community.”

Firefighters received the call around 6:40 p.m. Sunday. The blaze extinguished in about two hours. However, firefighters didn’t clear the scene until approximately 10:30 p.m.

Myers said they stood by “to make sure there were no more flareups.”

In addition to Ellwood City, departments that responded were Chewton, New Castle, Perry Township, Shenango Township, Wayne Township, Franklin Township, North Sewickley Township and Zelienople.

(Email: jmanna@ncnewsonline.com)

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Closer Look
  • tv04.jpg New Castle director, writer, producer filming zombie pilot locally

    The horror genre holds a special fascination for Tom Stoops. He has been a devotee of that film style since he was young. So it makes perfect sense that as a director, executive producer, writer and actor, zombies would show up in his latest project.

    April 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • money.jpg Neshannock trail to be integrated regionally

    Construction of a downtown section of the Neshannock Creek Trail is expected to commence this summer. Lawrence County planning director Amy McKinney briefed the county commissioners yesterday on a 1,400-mile trails project initiated by Power of 32.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Shale royalty meeting for landowners planned

    Lawrence County residents who have questions about royalties on gas drilling leases are invited to a meeting tomorrow.

    April 23, 2014

  • Townships to pave roads

    Youngblood Paving Inc. was awarded a contract for this year’s road maintenance in North Beaver and Little Beaver townships.

    April 23, 2014

  • oneill.tiff Union principal receives award

    Union Area School District’s elementary principal will receive the 2014 Distinguished Female Educator Award. The award from the Tri-State Area School Study Council is to be presented April 24 to Linda J. O’Neill during the 12th annual Dr. Jean Winsand International Institute for Women in School Leadership at the Edgewood Country Club in Penn Hills.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Good to grow: Library to offer seed lending program

    Patrons of the New Castle Public Library will soon have another service to look forward to. For newcomers to gardening and seasoned pros, the library is having — for the first time — a seed lending program.

    April 22, 2014

  • Knives prompt reporting of school violence

    On a typical day last year, Pennsylvania schools caught 11 students toting weapons. They were knives, similar to ones used to slash 21 students and a security guard at a Pittsburgh-area high school, according to the state Department of Education.

    April 22, 2014

  • Ferannte.tiff Upholstery shop showcases music, talent

    Following in the footsteps of his father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Jim Ferrante is working to improve his community.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Local pastor helping fire victims

    A local pastor is opening up donation avenues to help two families who lost their homes to fire this week.

    April 18, 2014

  • First Energy to replace transmission line

    FirstEnergy Corp. has plans to rebuild a power transmission line between the West Pittsburg plant and a Mahoningtown substation.

    April 18, 2014

House Ads
Seasonal Content
Section Teases
Must Read
Continuous Super Bowl Coverage