Industrial fire near Perryville damages equipment Wednesday
— 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
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.”