MD Welding Firm Fire Under Investigation

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 @ 11:03 AM gHale


An investigation is continuing into the cause of a Friday building fire at welding services provider, Congressional Iron Works, in Frederick, MD.

“The two-alarm blaze broke out shortly after 12 a.m. Friday morning, in the 8000 block of Reichs Ford Road,” said Battalion Chief Kevin Fox, with Frederick County Fire and Rescue Services. 

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Smoke and fire were seen coming from a garage addition to the building, fire officials said. About 75 firefighters helped extinguish the fire.

“I can also tell you that there were no civilian or firefighter injuries during this fire and our damage estimate to the building and its contents is $200,000.”

Hazardous materials units responded to the scene to control possible hydrocarbon runoff because the fire was in close proximity of the Monocacy River.

“We are not sure how much of it runoff before the hazmat units actually arrived and set up their containment measures.”

It took 75 firefighters over four hours to extinguish the blaze. 
The office of the fire marshal was still investigating what caused the fire as of Friday afternoon, said Battalion Chief Kevin Fox, a spokesman for the Division of Fire and Rescue Services.

Congressional Iron Works has been in business for 11 years.