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Firefighters battle blaze at PA pipe manufacturing plant

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  GREENCASTLE, Pa. — Fire departments from Franklin and Washington counties worked for 2 1/2 hours Sunday night to minimize the damage from a fire at Beck Manufacturing in Antrim Township, Pa. Fifty-five firefighters attacked the fire from inside the building as well as the roof. Beck Manufacturing, on U.S. 11 at the intersection with […]

Three dead in industrial boiler explosion

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Photo by St Louis Post-Dispatch. Three people are dead and four were injured after a boiler exploded at a box company in St. Louis, Missouri. It happened shortly before 8 a.m. this Monday morning. According to St. Louis City Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson, a van-sized piece of the boiler from the Loy-Lange Box Company went airborne and crashed through the roof of Faultless Healthcare Linen. There […]

Effects of Fire on Concrete Structures

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This week’s highway structure collapse in Atlanta should highlight the concept that concrete and masonry may be “non-combustible”, but it cannot be considered completely fire-proof. Often, I run into individuals who believe that because their building is of steel or masonry construction, this means it is not particularly susceptible to heavy damage from a fire. […]

Fire in Water-Based Paint Operations

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Earlier this week, a fire was reported in a Pennsylvania manufacturing plant’s paint booth system. While this may not seem out of the ordinary, the key thing to note here is that this was in a system that was used to apply water-based paint materials. Often when fire officials analyze the hazards presented by a […]

Fire engulfs storage building at former steel plant

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A fire has engulfed in a storage building at the former Bethlehem Steel plant in Lackawanna, New York. Buffalo firefighters are responding to the scene as mutual aid. Buffalo Fire Department radio traffic indicates law enforcement will be shutting down inbound traffic off on Route 5 at Lake Avenue in Woodlawn. Lackawanna firefighters also are […]

Opryland Hotel cooking fire extinguished

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A cooking incident caused a fire at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Resort shortly after noon Wednesday. Officials with the Nashville Fire Department said the incident was a two-alarm fire. Looks like the @opry is on fire @WSMV #Opry pic.twitter.com/tIwXnY4pGX — Hunter Wilson (@_HunterWilson_) October 26, 2016 Heavy smoke could be seen […]

Bigger harvesting machines mean bigger fires

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   Earlier in the week, I shared a photo posting on Facebook of a combine fire that occurred in a Minnesota soybean field. The season is in full swing in many parts of the country, and these types of fires are occurring more and more as the season progresses. Silage harvest is wrapping up in […]

Massive Fire in PA Lumberyard

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(PennLive.com) Emergency crews have responded to a building fire at Lafferty and Co. Inc. lumber yard at 1100 Hummel Ave. in Lemoyne. The fire was reported at about 9:40 p.m. Monday. A PennLive photographer near the scene reported seeing large flames shooting from the building. Follow updates via tweets of PennLive reporters and photographers and […]

Fire in barge’s shipping containers blamed on spontaneous combustion

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Containers are now being removed to facilitate overhaul operations at 5600 West Marginal Way SW.@USCG assisting. pic.twitter.com/DMYoGTveLN — Seattle Fire Dept (@SeattleFire) September 6, 2016 SEATTLE (KOMO-TV) – A fire that broke out on a barge full of shipping containers on the Duwamish Waterway near West Seattle on Monday was caused by rotting garbage inside […]

Firefighters injured at Ohio feed facility

FROM WHIO-TV: PREBLE COUNTY, OHIO — UPDATE @ 5:35 a.m. Multiple firefighters were transported to local hospitals for treatment of ‘heat-related problems’ after a fire broke out at Cargill south of Lewisburg Monday morning. Crews were dispatched to the facility at 6571 North Ohio 503 around 1:45 a.m. and encountered heavy smoke conditions, Lewisburg Fire […]

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