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Several Jefferson County fire departments responded to a blaze early Tuesday morning at the Doe Run Company’s primary smelter in Herculaneum.
Company officials say there were no injuries and they are now assessing damage.
An eastern Missouri lead smelter scheduled to close next year could eventually make way for commercial and industrial uses.
Doe Run Co. operates the smelter in Herculaneum. It will close in 2013 after years of wrangling over environmental concerns.
Akin Expected to Announce Challenge to McCaskill Today
Missouri Congressman Todd Akin may soon be joining the Republican race to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill next year. Akin is expected to announce his Senate candidacy today at a news conference in Creve Coeur.
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