Alcoa Kwinana refinery fire causes $1M damage


A fire which broke out in at the Alcoa Kwinana refinery fire yesterday is thought to have caused up to $1 million dollars worth of damage.

As the West Australian reports, the fire was situated in the plant’s cooling tower and was accompanied by an explosion and a plume of black smoke.

"There was a fire in the cooling tower, which they were able to extinguish very quickly themselves and did not need assistance,” Department of Fire and Emergency Services spokesman Allen Gale told the West Australian.

"There were no other associated hazards."

According to an Alcoa spokeswoman, the cooling tower was undergoing planned maintenance when the fire started.

“An investigation is now underway and the necessary authorities have been informed,” she told the West Australian.

She said no one was injured and it did not appear the incident would impact production.

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