Fork truck catches fire at Faircast

The Fairfield Fire Department responded to a fire at 6:40 a.m. today at the Faircast Inc. foundry, 905 W. Depot Ave.

Fairfield Fire Chief Scott Vaughan said a pot with molten metal was spilled from a fork truck causing the fork truck to catch fire.

The 16 responding firefighters used dry chemical powder and water to extinguish the fire. They returned to the station at 8 a.m.

Vaughan said no one was injured in the fire. The fork truck that caught fire is a total loss. Vaughan said a person was driving the fork truck that was carrying the molten metal that spilled. Luckily, the operator was able to get off the fork truck before being burned.

Employees removed the LP cylinder from the fork truck so it wouldn’t explode. Vaughan said the workers even used a couple of other fork trucks to move the burned truck outside, and once outside, the firefighters sprayed it with water to make sure all the hot spots were out.

Vaughan said the business did not have to shut down over the fire.

Faircast is a descendant of The Dexter Company that moved to Fairfield in 1912. Over the years, the manufacturing company had different names and owners. In 2015, the foundry went into foreclosure and was to be auctioned in June 2017. A group of 13 local businessmen won a bid for the business and were able to reopen and keep it in the community. The foundry continues to produce metal castings for companies in many industries, including agriculture.