Gas Blast at PA Printing Plant

Friday, September 15, 2017 @ 01:09 PM gHale


A fire sparked by an explosion in a printing press caused damage estimated to be in the millions at the Fry Communications plant in Silver Spring Township, PA, Tuesday morning.

Three explosions occurred in a gas-fed dryer of the printing press, which blew doors off inside the building, said Chief Gary Neff of Washington Fire Co.

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At least two employees were working at the press when the initial explosion occurred, but they were able to escape safely and did not have to be transported. 

He estimated as many as 100 other employees were working elsewhere in the printing facility at the time, and there were no injuries.

Firefighters contended with zero-visibility conditions and limited access to the area of the plant where the explosion occurred.

The printing press is about two stories high, 150 feet long and 15 feet wide, according to Washington Fire Co. Chief Gary Neff.

With the intensity of the blaze, the fire exceeded the control of the building’s sprinkler system.

Neff said he initially estimated damage could be $750,000, but said it could easily be in the millions.



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