Fire at Middletown’s AK Steel plant

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (WDTN) – Investigators believe a fire at AK Steel Monday night started with oil in a storage tanker.

People reported seeing thick black smoke billowing from the plant around 8 p.m.

Flames could be seen from Interstate 75.

“Our neighbors saw it from 75 and they thought it was the hot strip and it was on fire. We came down to see what we could see and it’s bad, ” said witness Janet Rose. “I’m hoping there was no one around in there wherever the fire was.”

The fire chief said the weather helped firefighter’s efforts. The rain helped damper the fire while the wind kept the heat and smoke away from a dangerous chemical nearby.

He said employees left the area where the fire started at 2 p.m. and the fire sparked at 7 p.m.

Only one person was inside the building and made it out safely.

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