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AK Steel: Fire caused by 'malfunction'

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MIDDLETOWN, OH (FOX19) -

A fire at AK Steel in Middletown had four departments working to contain the blaze Saturday morning.

According to dispatch Middletown was assisted by Monroe, Franklin, and Liberty Township fire departments.

The City of Middletown says the fire is under control and one firefighter with Middletown was taken to Atrium Medical Center with minor injuries.

Lisa H. Jester with AK Steel said that the fire was caused by a ladle in the steelmaking process that they believe malfunctioned and released liquid steel.

No employees were injured and all are accounted for while cleanup efforts are underway, said Jester. AK Steel is looking into the cause of the malfunction.

City officials say firefighters will work throughout the afternoon Saturday putting out "hot spots."

Middletown received the call about the fire around 8 a.m. Saturday morning.

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