Furnace Failure Spills Molten Metal, Igniting Nearby Materials At Beaver Dam’s Kirsh Foundry

(Beaver Dam) After extinguishing a fire at the Metalcraft of Mayville, the Beaver Dam Fire Department responded to a blaze at Kirsh Foundry caused by spilt molten metal Friday afternoon. A fire on the north side of the facility at 125 Rowell Street in the city of Beaver Dam was reported around 11:38am.

Upon arrival, fire units found dark smoke coming from the building which was evacuated. Management staff met arriving firefighters and discovered a furnace had failed spilling a large quantity of molten metal. Chief Alan Mannel says this caused combustible materials in the area to ignite. He says on the recommendation of the Kirsh staff, crews applied small amounts of water via a hoseline. This helped cool the area without causing the molten metal to explode. No injuries were reported.

The Beaver Dam Fire Department remained on scene until 2pm. Mannal says Beaver Dam firefighters were assisted by the Hustisford Fire Department who was staffing the city while they were fighting the fire at Metalcraft of Mayville. He says this is a shining example of why they have nearby agencies help protect Beaver Dam while they are committed elsewhere. Mannel adds they do the same for others when asked.