Thursday, July 30, 2015

3-alarm industrial fire in Bucks shoots 30 foot flames

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A massive, three-alarm fire broke out early this morning in an industrial building not far from the Doylestown Airport in Bucks County.

The fire erupted shortly after 5:30 a.m., according to a Bucks County emergency services dispatcher. No one was reported to be inside the building, which is situated in Buckingham Township. No injuries were reported.

The 55,500-square-foot Arbonite Coating & Lining building was said to contain multiple 55-gallon drums of chemicals, although it was not clear what those drums contained. The building is about 500 feet from the northwestern edge of the airport. Arbonite is a division of P & R Industries.

Hazardous materials crews were called to the scene.

A second alarm was called about 6:25 a.m. as more firefighters and equipment were needed to battle the blaze.  A third alarm was sounded shortly after that.

At the fire's peak, flames were reported to reach 30 feet in height. The fire was brought under contrl by 8:15 a.m. The Doyelstown Fire Co. sent a message on Twitter that: "The fire at Arbonite is contained. Air measuring is clean and there are no issues."

Arbonite was listed with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection as a certified storage tank company as of June. The company makes coatings that protect against corrosion.

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