Plant Fire Rocks Plastics Firm

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 @ 10:08 AM gHale

A machine that feeds a furnace started a three-alarm fire that broke out last Tuesday at the Sinclair & Rush plastic moldings company in Arnold, MO.

The fire started behind an oven and moved into duct work in the building on 123 Manufacturers Drive. Employees tried to extinguish the fire, but were unsuccessful. No one suffered an injury in the blaze.

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It took 40 minutes for firefighters from Jefferson County and Mehlville fire departments to extinguish the flames, said Ron Harder, public information officer for the Rock Community Fire Protection District.

“The ductwork went the length of the building, which is about a block long, and that makes it difficult to fight,” Harder said. “But, with everyone working together, we were able to immediately contain the fire.”

The plant runs a 24-hour operation, and all employees evacuated safely. The employees were able to return to work hours later, Harder said.

A team from the fire protection district will be investigating the cause of the fire.

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