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Old 11-09-2016, 05:13 PM   #1
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Exclamation Major Fire - Bethlehem Steel Mill - Nov. 9, 2016

Just catching that live on NBC news - looks like a significant portion of a factory complex is fully involved & described as "not under control" This is the Buffalo NY site & has been burning since about 0800. Part of the site has collapsed. Fire departments from all over NY state.

SIP instructions, another presser at 1800.

Only 1 injury so far - fire fighter with broken ankle.
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Old 11-09-2016, 08:02 PM   #2
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This is close to my house and I saw it this morning about a half hour after it started. It looked like a charcoal covered mushroom cloud. I almost turned around and went home. Right now the smoke and ash is blowing away from me however the fire department is warning that the wind may shift. I am watching this closely and have supplies ready to either evac or seal us into a room.
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Old 11-09-2016, 09:43 PM   #3
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Still bad? Hard to get any news that isn't dealing with some aspect of the election.
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It is still burning but contained. www.wgrz.com has good coverage of the fire.
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There are mandatory evacuations now. It stunk here this morning. I sealed up rooms with drafts, kept the furnace switched off and left the air filter on all day.

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Just be damned sure you stay safe!
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Jeez Louis, what the heck is generating all that thick black smoke? And btw, I had pictured in my mind the fire being in the giant structure next to the Sands. But this place I don't know
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Dietrich they don't know exactly what is in there. Boat, car and rv storage, a plastics recycling center, pallet storage, paper and cardboard for recycling are all things that have been mentioned at the various news conferences. The warehouse complex is about a square mile and from what I can see the fire spread through it all.
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Now you know why I said last night that I had pulled out the supplies to seal us in. I have a box of tarps, painters tape, moldable caulking and window plastic that I brought up from the basement and put in the dining room. I guessed at the kitchen being my best choice because of the linoleum on the floor.
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Under circumstances such as this - how do you manage sealing out potential hazardous air with enough air exchange to prevent getting headaches, etc?
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Looks like a giant stack of tires burning or something. Crazy amount of smoke relative to the structure size
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I don't need a large opening for ventilation. I have box fans that I can attach furnace filters to and will place one on each side of a shared hot air vent (I have the antique kind that are in the wall and shared by two rooms).
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Sounds like a plan!
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How is Jake dealing with all this?
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Jake is unaware but the cat is pissy. I have the room she sleep in closed off.
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