Blazes at box storage room and refinishing shop probed CENTRAL -- Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg

May 26, 1993|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

The state fire marshal's office is investigating a Monday night storage room fire at Hahn's of Westminster that brought some 40 firefighters from five Carroll fire companies.

The fire was contained to a 15-by-50-foot room used by the company to store boxes at its pork-processing company on Hahn Road, said Bob Thomas, the deputy state fire marshal. Mr. Thomas said the blaze caused an estimated $5,000 in property damage.

Mr. Thomas said one of four people working the night shift at the company reported the fire shortly be

fore midnight Monday. Firefighters from Westminster, Reese, Pleasant Valley, Manchester and Lineboro had the fire under control in a half-hour.

Samantha Redmer, a secretary at the plant, said the fire has not affected business.

"We're not having any problems getting orders out, since the fire was contained to a storage room where we keep boxes," Ms. Redmer said.

A fire earlier Monday destroyed Jack's Refinishing, a 40-by-70-foot wooden building in the 5400 block of Buffalo Road in Mount Airy, and caused an estimated $40,000 in structural damage.

Four people were inside that

building when the fire broke out near a machine used in the refinishing process.

Besides various local fire companies, the U.S. Army hazardous material unit from Fort Detrick in Frederick County responded to clean up lacquer and thinners, which were allowed to continue burning.

There was no assessment available for the value of the furniture that was destroyed when the building burned to the ground, fire officials said.

Mr. Thomas said his office is still investigating the cause of both fires. He said he expects to know what caused the storage room fire at the meat facility sometime today.

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