Fri, Jun 15, 2007
Building 11 Foam Insulation Burns During Renovation
broke out at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's
Glenn Research Center in Brooke Park, OH, Wednesday.
Officials said foam insulation caught fire in Building 11 about
8:45 a.m., the deicing research building, ONN affiliate WEWS
reported. Firefighters said the foam burned away from the walls,
leaving the steel building frame. The fire was quickly
No injuries were reported and no damage estimate was immediately
available, according to the Zanesville Times-Recorder.
Office employees working in the building were evacuated safely,
said Glenn spokesman John Hairston.
"Any fire is a big fire around a testing facility," Hairston
said. "In these situations, our Number One priority is safety."
The 40-year-old building was in the process of being renovated
and officials are reportedly investigating the possibility that a
welding torch may have contributed to the blaze.
NASA Glenn has more than 1,667 employees and about 1,450
contract employees. It consists of 24 major facilities and handles
work on the module that powers the crew exploration vehicle
schedule to replace the space shuttle.
The work being done to support the current shuttle flight was
not affected, according to the Associated Press.
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