A small fire broke out at the United Taconite coal processing site Wednesday afternoon in Forbes, MN.
United Taconite’s owner, Cleveland-Cliffs, said the fire occurred in a coal mill on one of the company’s furnace lines.
Fire departments responded, and the fire was put out quickly. No one was hurt and there were no safety issues, said Cleveland-Cliffs officials.
“The local fire department was called promptly and the fire was extinguished,” said company spokesperson Pat Persico. “The company is still monitoring and fire watch will continue for the remainder of today. The company is still investigating the root cause.”
The United Taconite (UTAC) Mine is in Eveleth, MN, were the taconite is mined and then transported 10 miles by rail to its processing facility in Forbes, MN.