Fire­fight­ers called to in­ci­dent at W.L. Gore plant

Cecil Whig - - & - WHIG STAFF RE­PORT

— Fire­fight­ers were called to one of Ce­cil County’s W.L. Gore plants on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon af­ter a re­port of a fire, which turned out to be the re­sult

ELK­TON

of a faulty ex­haust sys­tem.

Amy E. Cal­houn, pub­lic af­fairs rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the global com­pany, said the ex­act cause has not been de­ter­mined. In a pre­pared state­ment re­leased Wed­nes­day night Cal­houn said the sys­tem, lo­cated in the plant at 295 Blue Ball Road, was un­der­go­ing rou­tine main­te­nance.

“Upon start­ing up the sys­tem, a fire oc­curred within the ex­haust ducts,” the re­lease reads.

Vol­un­teers from Singerly Fire Com­pany were first to ar­rive at the plant min­utes af­ter the re­port came at around 3 p.m.

North East and Ch­e­sa­peake City fire­fight­ers could be seen gain­ing ac­cess to a fire hy­drant on site and get­ting to the roof of the build­ing on North East’s Lad­der 4. No smoke was vis­i­ble out­side the build­ing.

A se­cond call came min­utes later for a per­son on the scene hav­ing trou­ble breath­ing. Cal­houn said the Gore em­ployee “re­ported symp­toms con­sis­tent with smoke ex­po­sure” and was eval­u­ated at the scene. The em­ployee did not re­quire treat­ment, she added.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

North East vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers head to the roof of the W.L. Gore plant on Blue Ball Road in Elk­ton Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon to in­ves­ti­gate a re­ported fire.

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