Firefighters battle two-alarm blaze at American Wood Fibers in Jessup

October 06, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Howard County firefighters were battling a two-alarm blaze last night at a Jessup company that turns waste wood into commercial products.

The fire was reported shortly after 5 p.m. at American Wood Fibers Co. in the 8200 block of Dorsey Run Road and quickly went to two alarms, said Bill Mould, a county fire spokesman. He said the firm processes sawdust for the manufacturing of pet bedding.

Mould said the fire - whose cause was under investigation - was in a metal building more than 100 feet long and holding several tons of sawdust. "As firefighters attacked the flames, the burning sawdust would collapse and continue burning under the surface," he said.

Front-end loaders were used to remove much of the material and pile it outside where firefighters could wet it down, he said.

Mould said no injuries were reported among several employees who were in the building when the fire started.

Firefighters from Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Prince George's counties assisted in containing the fire, which continued to smolder late last night, Mould said.

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