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UPDATE: More details released on former coke plant fire

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The Ashland Fire Department says the fire that occurred at the former AK Steel Coke Plant started when contractors by working on a part of the plant.

They say workers were using cutting torches to remove bolts from a manway cover to a vessel when material caught fire.

The material consisted of wood, plastic and coal tar residue.

The fire was contained inside the vessel in a place where firefighters could not reach, and was monitored and allowed to burn itself out.

No injuries were reported. 











Boyd County, Kentucky dispatchers said late Monday night that firefighters continue to monitor the fire at the former AK Steel Coke plant in Ashland.

Most emergency workers have left the scene, but some crew members are still at the plant, letting the fire burn itself out. They said that the area is hard to reach.


Crews continue fighting a fire at the former AK Steel Coke plant on Winchester avenue in Ashland.

Westwood firefighters are assisting Ashland fire crews by hauling water to the scene.

Nearby business owners say there was a great deal of smoke coming from the plant before firefighters arrived.

Fire crews were still on scene as of 5:30 p.m.

No injuries have been reported, and so far no word on what started the fire. 





A fire was reported at the former coke plant in Ashland, KY, according to Boyd County 911.

The fire was reported around 3 p.m. and there are no reported injuries.

The plant is not currently active.

According to the Independent, a permit to demolish the plant was secured in October of this year and demolition was schedule to begin shortly after.

We have a crew on the way, keep checking back for more details.