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UPDATED: Two-Alarm Fire at Doe Run Plant

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Doe Run lead smelter. Photo: KMOX

Doe Run lead smelter. Photo: KMOX

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HERCULANEUM, Mo. (KMOX) – A series of loud explosions and bright flashes from the Doe Run lead processing facility near Herculaneum this morning sent some residents running for cover.

Those explosions — heard around 4:30 a.m. — were the start of a two-alarm electrical fire, centered around some of the smelter’s transformers.

Herculaneum fire captain Kevin Baker says they arrived on scene to find what he described as a “relatively small” fire.

“Once the power got shut off to the facility, that put most of the fire out just because it didn’t have any energy feeding it,” Baker tells KMOX News. “We did have to go in and we put about a thousand gallons of water on the transformers inside the electrical room once we got inside there.”

All employees were advised to evacuate the building as a precaution.  So far, we have no word of any injuries.

The Doe Run Company is the largest integrated lead producer in North America and the largest primary lead producer in the western world.

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