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Fire stalls production.

Inco investigaters in Sudbury are looking into a fire which occurred Feb. 20 during the commissioning of the new copper anode refining building at its Copper Cliff smelter.

The fire, estimated to have caused $2 to $3 million (US) in damages, will result in a drop-off of 2.5 to 3.5 million pounds of planned copper production.

The existing copper anode casting furnace at Copper Cliff remains in production until the new facilities can be brought online.

There were no injuries in the fire. It's believed a malfunction in the number two anode furnace resulted in a spill of blister copper. An investigation team is determining the exact cause of the problem.

The company had expected to lower its annual operating costs by relocating the copper anode casting operation to the smelter from its copper refinery.
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Title Annotation:Inco investigates fire at its new copper anode refining building at its Copper Cliff smelter
Publication:Northern Ontario Business
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Date:Mar 1, 2001
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