Michigan steel plant blast injures six

March 21, 2005

At least six people were injured today in a fire and explosion caused by a molten steel spill at a River Rouge industrial complex steel plant in Dearborn, Mich.

According to William Hornberger, a spokesperson for Severstal, the Russian steel company that now owns the complex built by Ford Motor Co., molten steel sloshed out of a transport vehicle backing into a building, hitting two of the vehicle's 8-ft. tires, setting them afire, and causing them to explode. The explosion blew out a section of the building's steel sheet siding.

All six of the injured people, four of whom are Severstal employees, are in good condition, said an Oakwood Hospital spokesperson.

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