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Argon, not water, puts out Mound House fire

MOUND HOUSE (AP) - A fire at a plant in Mound House didn't get the usual water-hosing - crews say it took the chemical argon to put out the flames.

Bob Kielty of the Central Lyon County fire district says nobody was injured when the fire broke out about 4 a.m. Friday at the Kemet plant in Mound House. The company produces a metal called tantalum, which is used in electronics.

Kielty says workers were reducing solid sodium into tantalum when some of the sodium got out of a boiler and started a fire.

Officials say about 15 employees evacuated, …

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The Nevada Appeal Updated Jan 26, 2013 03:21AM Published Jan 26, 2013 03:20AM Copyright 2013 The Nevada Appeal. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.