Fire at United Taconite in Forbes

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Firefighters were called to a fire at United Taconite Fairlane plant in Forbes at about 3:30 on Thursday afternoon.

Cleveland Cliffs spokesperson Patricia Persico described the fire as minor, and said there were no injuries and no impact to production.

According to The Northland FireWire, the fire was reportedly on one of the roofs of a building. Virginia Fire Chief Allen Lewis said crews kept flames contained to a 1,000-square foot section of the roof on the pelletizer building.

Lewis said there were no serious injuries, but several firefighters were treated on scene for possible smoke inhalation and an eye injury.

A dozen departments and 58 firefighters responded to the scene.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.