FOLLANSBEE, W.Va. (AP) -- A fire has temporarily halted production at the Mountain State Carbon coke plant in Follansbee.
The fire occurred Wednesday in the plant's baghouse area, and no one was injured, RG Steel spokeswoman Bette Kovach tells The Intelligencer. RG Steel owns a 50 percent interest in the plant.
The cause of the fire hasn't been determined.
The baghouse filters dust and other pollutants from emissions.
Kovach said the baghouse and related ductwork will be inspected. Production will resume when the inspections confirm that it's safe.
It's the second problem this month for the Northern Panhandle plant.
On June 12, a valve on a tank ruptured and spilled 400,000 gallons of phenol, a chemical used to make resins, nylon and other synthetic fibers.
The contaminated soil was removed, and the spill never reached the Ohio River.