Fire at Middletown’s AK Steel plant

AK Steel fire
AK Steel fire. (Photo/Chris Krug)

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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