Firefighters called to incident at W.L. Gore plant
— 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
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.
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.