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Calcium fire on Daisy Hill Road

NORTH CANAAN — A minor calcium fire was reported at the Specialty Minerals wire plant on Daisy Hill Road Aug. 21.Canaan Fire Company and North Canaan Volunteer Ambulance Corps personnel were called to the scene at 8 a.m. The situation was quickly brought under control.Calcium fires are unique in that the material reacts with water or moisture to ignite. Water, and even foam, which is water-based, cannot be used to extinguish burning calcium. At the plant, it is usually a matter of removing the raw material from machinery.

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