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Pennsylvania wood-working plant catches fire

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Firefighters implemented fire suppression procedures at a cabinetry plant after a fire took hold in the facility's exhaust system.

The Daily Review reported a small fire at the Masco Cabinetry plant located on Lamoka Road in Athens Township, Pa. on the evening of June 30. According to Athens Township Fire Department Capt. David Steinfelt, approximately 150 feet of duct work that was a part of the facility's exhaust system that removes sawdust from the wood-working machinery was on fire. In addition to the duct work, a portion of a silo inside the building containing sawdust was also on fire.

Steinfelt reported employees working at the Masco facility at the time the fire started were evacuated promptly and no injuries were reported. The building sustained little damage aside from the portion of the exhaust system. He also noted high temperatures inside the plant, and firefighters took turns fighting the fire inside the ductwork. 

Firefighters needed to unbolt portions of the duct work before they could get access to the fire, delaying their efforts. All said, it took firefighters about an hour to full extinguish the flames.

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