In­dus­trial fire near Per­ryville dam­ages equip­ment Wed­nes­day

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— An early-morn­ing blaze caused ap­prox­i­mately $150,000 in dam­age to a four-story sift­ing shaker at a Per­ryville-area sand-and­gravel op­er­a­tion on Wed­nes­day, ac­cord­ing to the State Fire Mar­shal’s Of­fice.

The in­dus­trial fire at Ma­son Dixon Sand and Gravel in the 1000 block of Belvedere

PER­RYVILLE

Road was dis­cov­ered about 3 a.m. by an em­ployee with the overnight crew that had been mak­ing re­pairs on site when he no­ticed smoke com­ing from the screen tower, fire of­fi­cials re­ported.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors iden­ti­fied York Build­ing Prod­ucts as the owner of the busi­ness.

A crew of ap­prox­i­mately 30 fire­fight­ers with the Per­ryville Fire Depart­ment re­sponded to the call and brought the blaze un­der con­trol in about an hour, fire of­fi­cials said, adding that no one was in­jured.

Fire de­tec­tives have de­ter­mined that the blaze started ac­ci­den­tally, ac­cord­ing to an MSFMO spokesman, who ex­plained that the blaze was “due to weld­ing em­bers ig­nit­ing nearby com­bustibles, in­clud­ing the rub­ber con­veyor belt feed­ing the shaker/ screen.”

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