Large fire burns at MetalX in Delta


By Drew Stambaugh



A fire burns at Metal X in Delta on Monday evening.

A fire burns at Metal X in Delta on Monday evening.


Photos by Josh Mercer

Crews from multiple departments continue to battle a large fire at MetalX in Delta. Departments from at least four counties are on the scene.

The cause of the fire, which was detected shortly after 6 p.m. Monday, has not been determined, according to a statement from MetalX.

The fire developed in a pile of scrap metal feedstock at the shredder infeed. Typical shredder feedstock is comprised of mixed sheet metal and unprepared steel, crushed autos, light demolition scrap, and compacted appliances, according to the company. Shredder feedstock is approximately 80% recyclable metal with the remaining 20% being nonmetallic, some of which can be combustible under certain circumstances.

Smoke from the fire could be seen from miles away. No major injuries have been reported.

“While this is truly an unfortunate event, we are most relieved that no one was hurt and that there is no impact on the health of our employees or the community,” said MetalX CEO Danny Rikfin. “We are grateful for the tireless efforts of the firefighters from the surrounding area that came to our aid, as well as the support from the village and the county during this event. We particularly want to recognize our own team, many of whom have been on site since the fire was detected, and who have responded calmly and effectively as the situation has unfolded.”

Several area roadways are closed as crews battle the fire at the corner of U.S. 20A and State Route 109. County Road H is closed from County Road 7-2 to State Route 109. State Route 109 is closed from County Road H to 20A and U.S. 20A is closed in the area as well.

Water shortages are causing issues for firefighters battling the blaze.

The Village of Delta is asking residents to avoid unnecessary water usage. Water levels are “extremely low” in the system due to the fire, according to Dave Daniel, water superintendent.

The MetalX Delta facility was designed and constructed with an onsite reservoir that contains approximately 6 million gallons of water, according to the company statement. “The primary function of the reservoir is to provide a continuous water source for fighting fires. There are three dedicated fire access intake points as well as direct reservoir access for fire trucks. The facility was designed in such a way that as water is pumped out, it returns to the reservoir as run off and is recirculated for ongoing firefighting activities, as a closed loop system that prevents the water from leaving the site,” the statement said.

The MetalX facility also has deep well capacity to refill the reservoir during a fire event as well as a dedicated water distribution system around the shredder that draws water from the reservoir to assist with extinguishing the fire and to protect personnel and machinery.

The release also said even though no hazardous materials are accepted at the site, company protocol includes working with regulatory agencies to conduct air quality testing in an effort to prevent any impact on human or animal health.

School is in session today for Pike-Delta-York.

“Student safety is our highest priority at PDY. The district has been in contact with both the Delta Fire and Police Departments regarding the situation at MetelX and both have confirmed that it is safe for students to attend school,” a district statement said. “All schools will be open at the regular times as the boil advisory has been lifted. We will continue to communicate with emergency personnel about the situation.”

Smoke from the fire could be seen from miles away. No major injuries have been reported.

Wauseon Fire Chief Rick Sluder reported Tuesday morning that there were 7 aeriel trucks with 42 tankers on the scene.

The Enterprise will have more information as it becomes available.

A fire burns at Metal X in Delta on Monday evening.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2019/09/web1_FB_IMG_1568072321142-8.jpgA fire burns at Metal X in Delta on Monday evening. Photos by Josh Mercer

https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2019/09/web1_20190909_192857-5.jpgPhotos by Josh Mercer

By Drew Stambaugh