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Quarry bin burns

October 01, 1997

By LISA GRAYBEAL

Staff Writer, Chambersburg

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - One of few flammable materials at the Chambersburg Quarry managed to catch on fire Tuesday afternoon as workers were doing some repairs to a bin that stores different sizes of stone.

Firefighters were called to the quarry on Stone Quarry Road in Guilford Township at 4 p.m. to put out the blaze.

The fire started and traveled up a bin divider, a 4-by-4-foot wooden beam between two steel plates, said Deputy Chief Scott Bradnick of the New Franklin Volunteer Fire Department.

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It took firefighters about four hours to extinguish the fire, not only because it was hard to get to, but because the windy conditions fanned the flames. The structure is very unusual, Bradnick said of the three-story high chimney-like bin.

Firefighters had to be lowered down into the bin using special confined-space equipment to get to the fire at the bottom, he said.

Eight companies responded to the scene.

There were no injuries.

An estimated cost of damage has not been determined, Bradnick said.

Tuesday's fire was the first at the quarry.

"There's not too much that's flammable here," said Randy VanScyoc, operations manager at Chambersburg Quarry, surveying the huge piles of stone and gravel on the property.

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