PUEBLO — On Tuesday, fire crews in Pueblo rushed to put out a fire at a plant that manufactures railroad ties.
The fire department received a call of an explosion in the plant at 10:30 a.m. The Pueblo Fire Department believes the fire started when welding or cutting was being done near an oil supply, which then sparked and caught fire.
Five fire agencies responded to the scene, including backup from surrounding counties.
At one point the plume of smoke was visible for several miles around the location just east of Stem Beach along I-25.
At the time of the explosion, there were 39 employees in the plant. They are all accounted for. One employee was sent to the hospital with unknown injuries, News 5 learned that they were later transferred to a hospital in Denver.
There were multiple fires burning in the building including one area where which contained shop materials with oil and equipment. These factors, and the active wind, made the fire a challenge to get under control.
The facility is owned by Vossloh North America, which acquired Rocla Concrete Tie, Inc in 2017.
The fire was fully contained by Tuesday night.