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JFE Says No Impact on Output From Fire at Chiba Steel Mill

December 06, 2011

(Adds fire department comment in third paragraph.)

Dec. 6 (Bloomberg) -- JFE Holdings Inc., Japan’s second- largest steelmaker, said there was no impact on operations from a fire today at its Chiba mill.

There were no injuries from the fire, which was extinguished at 12:24 p.m. Tokyo time, Toru Iwamoto, a spokesman for the company’s JFE Steel unit, said by phone.

The fire occurred in a three-story storage facility on the mill grounds, damaging an area of 1,000 square meters, said Hidetoshi Miho, a spokesman for the Chiba City fire department. The cause is still being investigated, he said.

This is the second fire at the Chiba facilities within four days. Four workers were injured by an explosion at JFE Chemical Co.’s sulfuric acid tank on Dec. 2.

JFE fell 4.1 percent to 1,464 yen at 1:50 p.m. in Tokyo, the most in two weeks.

--Editors: Jarrett Banks, Andrew Hobbs

To contact the reporters on this story: Yasumasa Song in Tokyo at ysong9@bloomberg.net; Yuriy Humber in Tokyo at yhumber@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jarrett Banks at jbanks15@bloomberg.net


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