Explosion, fire causes damage to Ball Metal Beverage Container plant


MONTICELLO, Ind. (WLFI) – Workers at a Monticello factory were evacuated overnight after a fire broke out.

It happened at the Ball Metal Beverage Container plant at 501 N. Sixth Street shortly before 1 a.m. Friday.

Monticello Fire Chief Galen Logan said the fire began in an oven and spread to the factory’s ductwork. An explosion in the ductwork then caused the fire to spread throughout the entire ducting system and out the roof.

Logan said four Monticello firefighters received minor injuries from the blaze and were treated on scene.

Firefighters said the fight was difficult due to the ducting being intertwined with other plumbing and piping, and it was wrapped in insulation which made it difficult for crews to locate hot spots. Officials added the fire was fueled by accumulated residue from the ovens caked inside of the duct work.

Forty-seven firefighters from six departments assisted until 5:23 a.m. There was a report of a rekindle around 6 a.m., but firefighters were able to extinguish it quickly without any further damage to the building.

We were unable to get a statement from a Ball Metal representative, but Chief Logan said it looks like the plant received hundreds of thousands dollars worth of damage.

No Ball Metal employees were injured.

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