Advertisement

Fire at paint shop at Hagerstown Regional Airport quickly extinguished

June 21, 2011|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com
  • Hagerstown Regional Airport Executive Director Phil Ridenour looks at a paint booth wall inside Royal Aircraft Services where a fire occurred Tuesday. Royal Aircraft Services provides aircraft maintenance and recovery and rebuilding services. They are located at Hagerstown Regional Airport.
By Kevin G. Gilbert, Staff Photographer

A fire that started in an aviation hangar paint shop Tuesday morning at Hagerstown Regional Airport was extinguished before it had a chance to spread, the owner of the business said.

Austin Heffernan, owner of Royal Aircraft Services at 18335 Air Park Road, said workers were getting the hangar ready for a paint job when the fire started at about 10:30 a.m.

He said the fire burned for about five minutes before it was put out by a combination of ceiling sprinklers, a foam fire suppressant and a hand-held fire extinguisher.

"It pretty much took care of itself," Heffernan said.

The fire occurred when a floor buffer ignited in an area with heavy fumes, the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said in a news release.

The subsequent flames crept up a small portion of an interior wall until the building's fire-suppressant system was activated. Smoke damaged a small section of the wall and water collected on the floor of the hangar.

The fire marshal's office said damages were estimated at $900 to the structure and $100 to the contents.

Heffernan said the business would remain closed until the fire-suppressant system could be restored.

The Hagerstown Regional Airport Fire Department, Maugansville Goodwill Volunteer Fire Co., Washington County Emergency Services and Community Rescue Service responded to the scene.

Advertisement
The Herald-Mail Articles
|
|
|