Fire Breaks Out at PA Manufacturing Plant

Thursday, March 16, 2017 @ 04:03 PM gHale

Fire departments from surrounding communities got the call to the Reynolds East Business Park in Hempfield Township, PA, when a fire broke out at a manufacturer’s facility.

Workers evacuated from Northeast Industrial Manufacturing on Keystone Road just after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday when a fire broke out in the paint shop area.

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First firefighters on the scene reported smoke coming from the roof.

The fire broke out in the paint booth filtering system, according to investigators.

Firefighters reported that the fire was under control in about 25 minutes, but flames burned a 30 by six-foot hole in the side of the plant and damaged some pipes, motors, and fans.

Hempfield Fire Chief David King estimates damage at $20,000 and doesn’t believe there is any environmental hazard since the company uses a water-based product.

King said the company should be able to conduct limited production by Wednesday. The company makes containers for the scrap, recycling, and construction-demolition industries.

No one suffered an injury in the incident.

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