A furnace rupture and fire recently shut down part of GM Holden Ltd.'s Australian operations. About 11 tons (10t) of molten metal spewed from a furnace in the engine operation foundry at Fishermans Bend in Victoria. A small number of workers were evacuated, and there were no reported injuries in the Aug. 25 incident. A GM Holden spokesman says the fire caused substantial damage within the furnace area, including electrical systems and the furnace's converter room. He says it has not ...

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