Blast hits NW Indiana steel mill complex, injuring worker

BURNS HARBOR, Ind. (AP) — An explosion at a northwestern Indiana steel mill injured a worker and sparked a fire that sent smoke billowing from the industrial complex along Lake Michigan.

East Chicago Fire Chief Anthony Serna says the worker suffered burns in Monday afternoon’s blast at ArcelorMittal’s Burns Harbor steel mill. The worker was taken to an East Chicago hospital but his condition wasn’t known.

Serna tells The (Northwest Indiana) Times that Monday’s explosion rocked a furnace at the lakeside mill that’s about 40 miles southeast of Chicago.

East Chicago firefighters used ArcelorMittal’s specialized equipment to get the industrial fire under control within two hours.