The 2018 fire at the Clairton Coke Works is one of the most detailed and consequential examples of maintenance problems — that a new lawsuit says are endemic at the plant — to ever be made public.

This story is based on two reports produced by EDT Forensic Engineering and Consulting that identified the cause of the fire and concluded that only U.S. Steel could be held liable for the cause of the fire. EDT was hired by U.S. Steel’s insurance company, and a spokesperson for U.S. Steel declined to comment or identify additional court documents with an alternative explanation of the fire.

In response to questions about the fire, a U.S. steel spokesperson noted that the company has made a number of improvements at the facility since the fire that court documents state add up to at least $17.5 million. 

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