"I thought it was a drill." Worker describes escaping fire, explosion at Mentor sheet metal plant

MENTOR, Ohio - Crews from multiple departments battled flames at Metal Seal Precision in Mentor where 225 employees work.

The industrial fire broke out at about 10 a.m. at 7333 Corporate Blvd. near Tyler Boulevard and took 15 fire departments and three hours to bring under control.

The fire went through the roof and three explosions were reported. Hydraulic oil (motor oil) is kept in the building, which is used in metal work for rifles and autos. It's believed the oil cans exploded during the fire. Workers thought it was a drill until they heard the blasts.

NewsChannel5 Chief Investigator Ron Regan found repeated federal safety violations for the Mentor company.

Kevin Edmond with the Mentor Fire Department said that at one time 30 percent of the building was engulfed in flames. The fire never reached an area where a dangerous solvent was stored. That area is protected by a firewall Edmond said..

No injuries were reported and Tyler Boulevard has reopened.

Crews will work to clean the spilled oil before it rains this weekend. The company said that they called every employee who was working to make sure everyone got out safely.

Check back for updates as more details become available.




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