Adams Plating owner in serious condition in U-M burn unit

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Firefighters set up rigs to help battle a fire at Adams Plating on Rosemary in Lansing Township Monday Dec. 27, 2010. LSJ photo.

(Lansing State Journal)- The owner of Adams Plating Co. was in serious condition this morning after suffering burns when his Lansing Township plant caught fire Monday morning.

Stephen Adams, 51, of Dimondale, was listed in serious condition at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, said University of Michigan Health System spokesperson Christy Barnes.

Adams was the only person in the single-story, 5,400-square-foot building at 521 Rosemary St. when it caught fire Monday morning.

The site was used primarily for chrome, copper and nickel electroplating.

Rosemary Street between Genesee and Saginaw streets will remain closed today and possibly Wednesday as crews clean up contaminated water that collected as firefighters doused the blaze.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but it's most likely accidental, said Lansing Township fire Lt. Mike Kaloz.

Officials have not determined a monetary damage amount for the building, which was a total loss.

"We still have crews down there," Kaloz said this morning. There are a couple of hotspots and they are trying to minimize water runoff.

He said the water runoff from fighting the fire contains hazardous materials, but officials are still working to determine the severity.

Staff from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment were on site Monday and are expected to continue evaluations today, Kaloz said.

Air monitoring came back clear, but officials don't know how far the contaminated water leeched into the ground.

The plant may have had several types of cyanide, chromium, sulfuric acid, nickel and other chemicals on site, Kaloz said.

The company is required by law to provide the fire department with an inventory of any hazardous materials that may be housed on site, he said.

But just because it's on the list doesn't mean it was on hand Monday morning, he added.

"We have done pre-plan walk throughs, surveys," he said. "The most recent one being in September at this facility and everything as far as that goes appears to be the way it was supposed to be."

Kaloz said officials from the fire department, DNRE and Ingham County emergency management would meet this morning to plan out the next 12 to 24 hours.

"With hazardous materials on the ground, it could be a long drawn-out process," he said.

By Melissa Domsic, Lansing State Journal

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