Fire damages Humphrey plant
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
By Randy Bartley
BROOKVILLE — A fire early Saturday morning destroyed a warehouse at the Humphrey Charcoal plant in Pine Creek Township.
Firefighters from five companies responded to the alarm at the factory on the Knoxdale Road just after midnight, Friday to find the building blazing. The smoke and flames could be seen from Route 322 about 1.5 miles away.
According to Jill Humphrey, the company had just received material for use in the making of charcoal brickets. The building also contained sodium nitrate which may have exploded. A vintage vehicle in the building was also lost.
Firefighters used a tanker shuttle to ferry water to the fire site and were able to prevent the fire from spreading to the other buildings.
Two firefighters suffered injuries during the fire. A Pine Creek firefighter reported an ankle injury and a second firefighter suffered from heat and smoke exposure.
The loss was estimated by Jill Humphrey at about $30,000.
The fire is considered to have been accidental.
The fire was reported under control at 12:36 a.m. The State Police Fire Marshal was called to investigate the cause of the fire.
Responding to the call were the Pine Creek, Brookville, Warsaw, Knox, Corsica and Sigel fire companies. Jefferson County EMS treated the injured firefighters at the scene.
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