Fire contained at Spectro Alloys

Facility up and running next day


The Rosemount Police and Fire departments responded to a structure fire about 9 p.m. July 23 at Spectro Alloys Corp in Rosemount.

The Inver Grove Heights, Hastings and Eagan fire departments also worked on extinguishing the flames and eventually cleared the scene about six hours later. Minnesota State Patrol and the Eagan Police Department closed Highway 55 during their efforts.

There were no reported injuries.

According to a release from Spectro Alloys Corp, the recycling business suffered a fire in one of its baghouses, the equipment that cleans the air, from one of its aluminum recycling furnaces.

There was no damage to any buildings, as previously reported by other news outlets.

“Local firefighters responded amazingly fast and prevented the fire from spreading to any buildings or surrounding equipment,” the release stated. “We are extremely grateful for the effort of all emergency responders – many of whom are volunteers.”

The baghouse is attached to a furnace, which was to be down beginning this weekend for annual maintenance, according to the release.

“While that furnace will not operate again until the baghouse is replaced, we have been fully operational on all other production lines since Monday morning,” according to the release.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

The business doesn’t foresee any impact to customers. The business had planned for downtime for summer cold cleaning and built ahead inventory, the release stated.

The majority of the firefighters were volunteers, so they had to get up and work a full-time job after leaving the site at about 3 a.m., according to a Rosemount Police Department Facebook post.
Chlorine leak

Traffic was a little heavier July 20 in Rosemount due to the closing of County Road 42 while officials contained a chlorine leak.

A Rosemount city employee discovered a mechanical failure at well No. 7, which resulted in chlorine leaking into the air at about 3:20 p.m.

The Rosemount Police and Fire departments responded to the scene and then brought in the Dakota County Special Operations Team.

County Road 42 was closed between Shannon Parkway and Highway 3 until about 7 p.m.

A post on the Rosemount Police Department’s Facebook page states, “These agencies worked cooperatively to successfully bring the incident under control and to a successful resolution.”

The Apple Valley Police Department, Dakota County Sheriff’s Office and the Dakota County Special Operations Team assisted the Rosemount Police and Fire departments with the incident.