Chemical Fire in Mound House

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Updated: 1/25/2013 12:49 pm
UPDATE - 11:45 - According to NV Energy, there was a power outage in Mound House going on around the same time as the fire, but it's not related.

NV Energy says 150 customers were affected, but power was back on at 9am. The outage was due to a blown out fuse.

MOUND HOUSE (KRNV & - A chemical fire started around 4am Friday morning at the Kemet Building in an industrial area in Mound House. Crews have the fire knocked down.

The Lyon County Sheriff's Office tells us sodium was the chemical involved.

Power was turned off in the area but should by mid-morning.

One home was evacuated as a precaution but residents are clear to return home. Bruce Way was blocked off but was just reopened.

Cause of the fire is unclear.

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Kramer - 1/26/2013 2:52 PM
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After seeing this story on another TV station, it occurred to me that "knocked down" in fire parlance means starving oxygen or damping flame length, so technically it wouldn't require water. Tho I note also that a 'firehose' weather event has 'knocked down' an avalanche or two...

Kramer - 1/25/2013 4:56 PM
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Crews may have "knocked down" the fire but I'll bet it wasn't with water. Sodium is very volatile unless as a safe compound; it will burn if exposed to oxygen (which is in water- H 2 O). So the rote reporting works for now, but could get interesting later (if anybody gets any news Facts out of this).

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