While at the scene, DT engaged a fire origin and cause investigator. A few days later, DT learned that a polypropylene plater rinse tank was installed at the plant about eight months earlier during a plant turnaround. The tank was not fire retardant. It should have been.
On Saturday, December 15, 2001, a major fire broke out at Double Eagle Steel Coating Company, the largest flat-rolled steel electro-galvanizing facility in the world, located in southeastern Michigan. The independent adjuster called DT during the blaze. Paul Hines and Todd Denenberg were on the scene while the plant was burning. The insurance market promptly retained DT as its sole subrogation law firm.
Preliminary indications were the fire started in the facility’s strip cleaning operation located on the sixth floor, but quickly spread through the building’s air handling system. The entire sixth floor was destroyed. No steel could be coated. The plant was down for months.