Machine fire causes alarm at local plant
UPPER AUGUSTA TOWNSHIP - Firefighters were called to Anthracite Industries around 8 p.m. Tuesday when a machine caught fire and ignited a wall.
Upper Augusta Township Assistant Fire Chief Matt Bellman said he saw heavy smoke inside one of the buildings when he arrived on scene.
"After speaking with the employees, we determined the source of the fire was one of the machines inside the manufacturing facility that had spread to several walls and a barn door-type entrance," Bellman said.
Once tankers arrived and solved a water supply issue, firefighters had the blaze under control within minutes. Damage was limited to the walls around the machine and the outside walls of the building.
Approximately 12 employees working Tuesday evening were evacuated from the plant, but no injuries were reported.
"It was a good stop, real quick," Bellman said.
The assistant chief said that a state police fire marshal and inspectors from the Pennsylvania Bureau of Mine Safety will be on scene Wednesday to determine a cause of the fire.
The plant, which processes coal, is located along Anthracite Road, between Route 61 and Snydertown Road, and is a division of Asbury Carbons, of Asbury, N.J.
Responding to Tuesday's blaze were crews from Upper Augusta Township, Stonington, Sunbury, Shamokin and Shamokin Dam, and the Americus Ambulance, Sunbury.