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A cracked container of molten metal led to a fire in the Ford River Rouge Complex in Dearborn early Monday morning, officials said.

Dearborn Deputy Fire Chief Joey Thorington said damage was minimal and no one was hurt. He said as such containers and furnaces age, their structures weaken and become more likely to leak.

When firefighters arrived after receiving a call around 3 a.m., they were unable to put out the fire because it started from molten metal. They, however, managed to contain the blaze and wait for it to flame out. Thorington said firefighters were on scene for about an hour.

"It happens over time sometimes," he said. "It was contained. It wasn't a very big incident."

bnoble@detroitnews.com

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