Crews respond to fire at DPI

Courtesy Photo by Carl Bartig

Smoke pours out of the DPI plant caused by a fire at the facility. The fire was a result of bio-plant employees performing cutting operations above the clarifying tank and accidentally catching the sludge in the tank on fire. The Alpena Fire Department was dispatched just before 2:30 p.m. to a report of heavy smoke coming from The plant located at 416 Ford Ave. On arrival fire crews found heavy smoke with poor visibility coming from the rear of the plant property. The clarifying tank, which is used by the bio-plant located in the rear of DPI was burning. Fire crews, along with plant personnel, used hand lines to control and extinguish the fire, which was contained to the tank. Fire crews were on scene for approximately one hour and 40 minutes. There were no injuries reported.