Titanium Fire in Buffalo

July 18, 2011 Updated Jul 18, 2011 at 10:08 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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July 18, 2011 Updated Jul 18, 2011 at 10:08 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY - Buffalo Firefighters responded to an industrial fire just before 8 a.m Monday morning at Goldman Titanium on Dorothy Street. Firefighters battled heavy smoke, flames, and explosions on site. Officials described the fire as difficult, since titanium can be challenging to contain once ignited.

"Titanium acts violently with water," said Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield. "We needed a wetting agent, a foam to cool this down."

Crews had to have a vendor deliver the foam to the site since their entire supply was completely depleted by battling another industrial fire on Chandler Street last week. Employees at nearby businesses were in disbelief over the magnitude of the blaze.

"It was bad. It was fully engulfed and as far as a I know a lot of wood and titanium shavings were kept there," said Stephen Terzian. "All of that was all on fire and the side of that building is completely gone ."

This is actually the 2nd fire at the company in 3 months. Two firefighters were treated for minor injuries Monday. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. No word on the extent of damages.