Buffer Wheel Blaze at NY Cutlery Maker

Monday, December 3, 2018 @ 11:12 AM gHale

No injuries were reported after a machinery fire at Olean, NY-based Cutco Tuesday, officials said.

The initial response was made at 7:30 p.m. to a fire alarm at the main building of the cutlery manufacturer’s East State Street campus.

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The blaze, which occurred in a polishing room, was under control within approximately 15 minutes, said Olean Fire Chief Robert Bell. A call indicating the alarm system had been reset came over the emergency scanner at 8:17 p.m.

“The employees at Cutco controlled the fire with a dry chemical fire extinguisher,” Bell said, adding sprinkler heads also helped contain the flames. “We showed up, we made entry, knocked down the remaining bits of the fire, and then helped with the mop-up.”

According to communications over the scanner, some material in the polishing room caught on fire when a buffer wheel ignited.

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