SPOKANE, Wash. -- Fire crews responded early Thursday morning to what was initially reported to be a fire.
Witnesses said they did not see flames at the Global Metal Technology building on East Trent Avenue. Smoke, however, turned out to be the concern for firefighters. Crews said they found ore tailings used at the plant smoldering on a shelf. Those tailings were creating a noxious chemical cloud.
Firefighters said there was no immediate danger to the public because the cloud was dispersing in the air
The problem was contained and no one was injured.
The Ecology Department launched an investigation into the incident.