Contact: Toni Schindler

September 10, 2019 (DELTA, OH)  Shortly after 6:00pm on Monday evening, the Delta Fire Department was called to a fire at the business of MetalX LLC, 7300 State Highway 109, Delta, Ohio for a fire that had developed in a pile of scrap metal feedstock at their shredder infeed.  According to Delta Fire Chief Scott Smith, some portions of the fire are still ongoing, but crews are maintaining a line and keeping the fire away from the buildings. Smith states that they are deploying multiple master streams to quench the fire, and heavy machinery to pull the piles of scrap and debris apart.  They continue to work alongside MetalX company crews who are trained to use material handling equipment to help move or separate the material to minimize the effects of the fire. The cause of this fire is not known and will remain under investigation.

There has been one minor injury reported at this time. Chief Smith maintains that the priority continues to be keep all personnel safe as well as to extinguish the fire.

There are no current warnings issued for the public other than to avoid the area of State Route 109 and Airport Highway, directly where MetalX is located. Both of these highways are shut down.  Emergency Officials do ask the public to be cautious and stay out of smoke, shelter in place when possible.  The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) is currently in the process of testing for air quality. MetalX’s Environmental consultant will also be on-scene to continue to conduct air quality testing this afternoon. Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the United States Federal EPA is also their way to the scene for additional testing.

Village of Delta Mayor Dan Miller has reported that the Village proactively issued a boil advisory during Monday evening until water plant and processes were stabilized with the incorporation of potable water provided by the City of Wauseon through an established interconnection.  The boil advisory was lifted around 11:30pm Monday evening and water in the Village is safe to drink and use.  Village officials will continue to provide testing for safe water quality.  For any boil advisories issued, residents should check the Village of Delta website, Village of Delta Facebook page and follow local media.

There are multiple agencies and crews on the scene including the OEPA, Fulton County Emergency Management Agency, Ohio State Fire Marshall and the Ohio Emergency Planning Agency.  There are 30 Fire Departments on scene, including all Fulton County Departments, ten other Ohio County Fire Departments and two counties from Michigan.

Chief Smith, the Village of Delta, Fulton County Emergency Management Agency and MetalX LLC would like to thank the outpouring of support from the multiple agencies that have responded as well as from the community. All community donations are being handled through the Red Cross Chapter. Persons interested in donating should contact them at 567-825-3349.