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Employees evacuated following fire at Pa. plant

July 19, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

GREENCASTLE, PA. - The 25 to 30 people working in Future Cast Inc. at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday safely evacuated the building when a fire broke out in a vat. They also are credited with preventing damage.

Greencastle Rescue Hose Fire Chief Kevin Barnes said the employees' "familiarity of their operations" contained the fire and kept damage minimal in the 60-foot-by-100-foot brick building at 151 N. Washington St.

"It was in one of the vats they use to do castings," Barnes said. Employees added water to the vat for cooling and energized the system, allowing it to properly extinguish the fire, he said.

The foundry uses steel to make a variety of parts. The fire broke out at a furnace that coats the parts, said employee Mary Bennett of Waynesboro, Pa.

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"I heard the boom," she said while sitting in the shade across the street.

The building filled with smoke and was then evacuated, she said.

In addition to the Rescue Hose Co., responding fire departments were Waynesboro, Marion and Long Meadow, Barnes said.

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