FAIRLAWN — A fire broke out at the Radford Arsenal plant on the heels of a ceremony changing the commander of the munitions facility shortly before noon Thursday.
Shortly after the ceremony ended at 11:41 a.m., a fire occurred in a mix-house production building at the facility.
On-site teams responded, and local fire departments assisted, according to Army spokeswoman Justine Barati.
Barati said one employee is being treated for burns at a local hospital and two firefighters are being treated for smoke inhalation, with one other being treated on-site for minor injuries related to the fire. The name of the employee has not been released.
According to a joint release from the arsenal and BAE Systems, a British-based company that operates the plant, the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Barati said it was determined that the best course of action was to let the fire burn out on its own.
The incident comes almost a year after an explosion at the arsenal killed one person and seriously injured two others.
Lt. Col. James Scott — who turned over command of the plant to Lt. Col. Anthony Kazor in the Thursday ceremony — briefly spoke about the June 11, 2018, incident and the arsenal’s commitment to safety.
“Almost a year ago next week, we had an incident on the installation and we lost the life of Andrew Goad,” he said before asking the approximately 100 attendees to take a moment of silence in Goad’s memory. “That has marked my time here as the relationships I’ve built have as well. But I’ll tell you, the team on the ground has responded and we will continue to do everything we need to do to operate this plant safely and that is the commitment you’ve got from the entire team.”
Barati said Thursday’s fire was not caused by an explosion and that it did not happen in the same building as last year’s deadly accident.