Structure Fire At Old ASARCO Plant


POSTED: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - 4:53pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 17, 2011 - 7:10am

EL PASO-- One of seven units caught fire at the ASARCO refinery Wednesday, causing ten firefighting units to respond to the scene.

The El Paso Fire Department said welders were cutting through metal at the old copper plant when they accidentally ignited some titanium.

Titanium is a combustible metal. This fire will require specialized extinguishing agents or large amounts of water.

NC9's Marita Vera spoke with the fire department, and they have told her they plan on using large amounts of water in hopes they could extinguish it.

Stay with for more updates, and watch our live newscast at 5:00 p.m., 6:00 & 10:00 p.m. for more.


EL PASO-- At least 8 firefighting units responded to a fire at the ASARCO copper plant on Wednesday after a fire broke out in one of the structures.

As of 4:41 p.m., the fire had been burning for at least 45-minutes on the south-side of the building.

Units are battling the smoke and flames. No evacuations have been made as of yet due to the fire.

No word yet on what caused the fire.

Stay with for more details on this developing story.

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