Crews are battling a glass factory fire in Dunkirk IN at this time. The fire was started when a vat of molten glass fell through the floor and dumped it's contents. Crews from 8 depts. and 3 counties are fighting to extinguish the blaze. At this time there are no known injuries but I will keep you posted.
Jay County - Eight fire departments responded to a leak at a factory fire in Dunkirk northeast of Muncie Friday afternoon.
Saint-Gobain Containers, Inc. said a leak developed in one of the furnaces that melts the glass for the production process at its Dunkirk plant. The company says there was no fire at the facility (as WTHR initially reported). Due to the high temperatures required for molten glass, the leak resulted in the release of smoke and steam inside the facility.
No one was injured.
Smoke from the fire was visible in Hartford City, nearly ten miles away. Firefighters from Hartford City, Eaton, Dunkirk, Redkey, Bryant, Muncie, Portland and Salamonia departments from Jay and Delaware Counties responded.
The plant management is currently reviewing the situation and is taking the appropriate steps to begin to repair the damaged furnace. The plant does have another furnace inside the facility that is currently in full operation.
The Dunkirk plant employs approximately 450 people who manufacture glass containers for the beer and food markets.
Saint-Gobain Containers, Inc. is the second largest glass container manufacturer in the United States and serves the wine, beer, beverage, spirits and food container markets with 13 plants.