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BETHLEHEM STEEL'S SPARROWS POINT PLANT DAMAGED BY FIRE

 SPARROWS POINT, Md., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Five Bethlehem Steel employees and two fire company personnel were treated for smoke inhalation early this morning after being involved with a fire at the No. 1 halogen tinplating line at the Sparrows Point plant.
 There were no other injuries reported.
 The fire started at 11 p.m. Thursday and was extinguished at about 2:30 a.m. Friday. Plant workers were completing a three-week repair report, and the line was to have resumed production on Monday. Although an investigation of the cause is continuing, the fire is believed to have been started by sparks from a burning torch.
 At the halogen line, which was extensively damaged, a thin layer of tin is electrolytically applied to sheet steel. The resulting product is used in the manufacture of containers such as food or paint cans. Until the No. 1 halogen line damage can be fully assessed and repaired, a second halogen line will continue to supply Bethlehem's tinplate customers.
 The three-alarm fire was handled by Baltimore County Fire Department. Foam units were called in to help extinguish the fire.
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 /CONTACT: Public Affairs Department of Bethlehem Steel, Sparrow Point Plant, 410-388-4254/


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