Glass Leak Causes Fire at Vitro Plant

August 21st, 2017 by Nick St. Denis
Vitro Architectural Glass officials are assessing damage at the company’s Carlisle, Pa., float glass plant after a glass leak caused a fire Thursday morning.

According to a statement from Vitro, the leak was discovered on one of two glass melting furnaces at the facility. “The local fire department responded, and one employee was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation,” the company stated.

On Monday, Vitro said that specialists and engineers are continuing to evaluate both lines at the plant and are working to restore utility services so off-line production, such as residential insulating glass unit and glass coating lines, can resume. The employee taken to the hospital for observation was released and returned to work the same day. In the meantime, the company is working to minimize disruption to its customers’ operations by supplying glass from other Vitro facilities.

Local media outlets report that at approximately 10:30 a.m. Thursday, fire crews from six counties were dispatched to the plant, which employs more than 340 people and manufacturers flat glass for the commercial and residential markets.

The fire, which reached three-alarm status at one point, was extinguished by 4 p.m., according to The Sentinel.

Cumberland County communications director Rachel Bryson said all employees at the plant were accounted for, and no community evacuations were issued.

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