Gary Firefighters hose down the roof of a building at Stanrail Industries in Gary, IN on February 12, 2014. | Jim Karczewski\For Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 14, 2014 8:42AM
The Gary Fire Department was alerted to a chemical fire at Stanrail Corp., 1225 Martin Luther King Drive, about 4:20 p.m. Wednesday.
A 2,000-square-foot building was on fire with heavy smoke when the first units arrived. Firefighters focused their efforts on the north side of the building.
A battalion chief on scene almost immediately asked for assistance from Hobart, Lake Station, New Chicago and Merrillville fire departments, requesting tankers to assist in battling the blaze.
The Lake County Hazardous Material unit was dispatched to provide decontamination services at the scene.
Stanrail has operated at the site since 1983, manufacturing various components for railroad cars, including uncoupling levers, boxcar floors, roofs and doors. The company was acquired by Samuel, Son and Co. in March 2012.
Stanrail’s plant covers 155,000 square feet and the company employes about 120 people.