DELTA, Ohio (WTVG) - Exactly six months after a massive fire at MetalX in Delta, firefighters returned again on Monday to battle another blaze.
“Somehow something shorted out and caught fire," Delta fire chief Scott Smith said. "It’s not uncommon in a facility like this.”
Firefighters from at least eight departments responded Monday afternoon to the scrap metal facility on reports of a pile fire. Once on scene, crews began battling the flames that sent smoke billowing a reported 50 feet into the air.
“Once the fire gets a foothold it’s very hard to put out," Smith said.
Compared to last September’s fire, Chief Smith said Monday's was slightly easier to contain after working with MetalX to redo the way it stacks scrapped metal.
“[MetalX] separated all the piles [of metal], so once one pile caught on fire we were able to separate it, and clean up ... and then keep the fire from growing to the bigger piles," Smith said.
It’s just one tactic the chief says helped crews get the fire under control in a reasonable amount of time. While firefighters were pleased with their response, some neighbors were concerned by the frequency of the fires.
“I don’t know if I’m going to wake up one morning and everything’s gone," Delta resident Laura O'Neill said.
O'Neill lives less than a mile from MetalX and said the sooty smoke from both fires have her worried.
“[It's] health issues and [you] want to make sure everybody’s all right," O'Neill said. "The next door neighbor, he’s elderly, too.”
Despite some concerns, Chief Smith said there was never an immediate threat to those in the area. The Ohio EPA was on scene collecting air samples as a precaution, though.
“There’s no real hazardous materials in [the] smoke," Smith said.
With another fire at the facility, Smith said a review of the response will happen in an effort to be better prepared if flames break out again.