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Fire injures an employee at Spectro Alloys

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One employee was injured early Tuesday morning when a payloader caught fire at Rosemount aluminum recycler Spectro Alloys.

Fire chief Scott Aker said it appears the fire started when aluminum being poured into a smelter exploded. While the incident is still being investigated, Aker said they suspect a piece of ice or snow was in with the load of metal being poured into the smelter. When the ice hit the molten metal it turned to steam, expanded and caused an explosion.

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