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Propane and nitrogen tanks caused explosions during fire at manufacturing facility on Cleveland's West Side

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Posted at 9:47 AM, Mar 01, 2023

CLEVELAND — Fire crews battled a large fire at a manufacturing facility in Cleveland’s west side on Wednesday morning. AJ Rose Manufacturing, the company that operates the facility, said the fire caused propane and nitrogen tanks to explode. The threat was contained and brought under control, and no one was hurt in the incident, officials said.

Over 50 firefighters and 11 companies responded to the two-alarm fire at the two-story building, according to a tweet from Cleveland Fire.

All employees were safely evacuated, and no one was hurt in the incident, AJ Rose confirmed in a statement.

The fire caused some nitrogen tanks used in the tooling processes and propane tanks used for forklifts to explode, the company said. Cleveland Fire contained that threat and HazMat units responded to the scene.

Cleveland Fire and OSHA are investigating the cause of the fire. AJ Rose said the plant will be shut down for the remainder of the day and second and third-shift workers have been notified.

AJ Rose Manufacturing is a global supplier of stamped metal components and assemblies, according to the company's website. The Cleveland facility is 110,000 square feet and has 95 employees.

The fire was brought under control by about 10:08 a.m., Cleveland Fire said. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

AirTracker 5 was live over the scene Wednesday morning - watch the footage below:

Cleveland fire crews battle fire at west side manufacturing facility

This is the third local industrial accident in the last few weeks, following the East Palestine train derailment and the Oakwood Village foundry explosion.

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