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Fire, explosion at Pennsylvania metal manufacturer showcases fire alarm system

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A metal manufacturing plant in Caernarvon, Penn., caught fire on the night of June 17 soon before a small explosion rattled first responders.

The Mercury reported a three-alarm fire engulfed Timet,  a manufacturer of titanium specializing in parts used by the defense and aerospace industries, causing $3.5 million worth in damage to the facility. At approximately 7:49 p.m., company employees discovered a fire inside one of the manufacturing machines. According to the police report, they turned off the machine, called 911 and activated the fire suppression system as they evacuated the facility. The building is located on the 900 block of Hemlock Road.

A propane-operated forklift located in close proximity to the flames became compromised. The propane tank exploded, prompting firefighters to leave the facility. The fire started near an area of "staged titanium," and burned very hot, sending "huge plumes" of smoke into the air.

The fire intensified to three alarms, hailing firefighters from nearby counties to come assist the effort, according to Allentown, Penn., television station WFMZ.

After 90 minutes, firefighters from Chester, Lancaster and Berks counties controlled the fire using specialized foam throughout the large, one-floor industrial building. Due to the manufacturing nature of the Timet plant, water could not be used to extinguish the flames. No one was injured, and the fire has been ruled accidental. The fire response effort was lead by the Twin Valley Fire Department, according to The Mercury.

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