NH firefighters use dry chemicals on metal foundry fire

By Amy Augustine
The Concord Monitor

FRANKLIN, N.H. — No injuries were reported in an overnight fire at the Webster Valve Foundry that disrupted operations at the Franklin plant.

Built-up material underneath a smelting pot ignited about 11:45 p.m. Friday and was under control about 10 minutes later, according to a press release from the Franklin Fire Department.

Firefighters used dry chemical extinguishers to snuff out the blaze. Using water to put it out would have caused an explosion of molten metal, the release said.

Operations at the plant were briefly interrupted while the materials cooled and until the danger of re-ignition passed, it said.

"This type of incident is complex and requires company representatives to work closely with the fire department as they know the specifics of equipment and materials," Capt. Steve Fecteau said in a statement.

The Tilton-Northfield Fire Department also responded to the scene.

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