Magnesium Fire Injures Five Birmingham Firemen
Five Birmingham firemen were slightly injured at a fire in a truck trailer loaded with magnesium billets on March 30. Stations 5, 8 and 9 answered the alarm after the trailer had been pulled from the loading dock of a trucking firm. A possible multialarm fire was averted by the quick action of the truck driver, who pulled the trailer four blocks out in the open near a hydrant. A slight explosion occurred when a stream of water was thrown on molten metal blowing ashes and particles of metal on the firemen. The fire was later extinguished by large fog nozzles in approximately five to six minutes by gradually cooling the billets below their ignition point.