Crews put out fire near titanium milling machine at Spirit AeroSystems

07/29/2014 2:10 PM

07/29/2014 3:17 PM

Local fire and hazardous materials crews extinguished a fire that sparked near a titanium milling machine Tuesday afternoon at airplane manufacturer Spirit AeroSystems.

Eddie Fajardo, division chief in operations for the Sedgwick County Fire Department, said either dust from the titanium milling process or metal scraps ignited about 1:30 p.m. The blaze was in Spirit’s Plant II, one of the factory buildings in the 4400 block of East MacArthur.

Spirit AeroSystems’ Fire and Security Operations managed to douse most of the flames with extinguishers before county crews arrived, Fajardo said.

The fire was “pretty much contained” around the milling machine, Fajardo said.

Spirit AeroSystems spokesman Jarrod Bartlett said about 50 workers were displaced from smoke. In an e-mailed statement, he called the fire small.

“The smoke coming off of it (the fire) was pretty toxic,” Fajardo said. No one was hurt, he said.

The fire was out before 2 p.m. Damage estimates were pending Tuesday afternoon, Fajardo said. The cause remains under investigation.

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