Firefighters contain industrial fire

April 24, 2013

Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

Quick work by firefighters from several regional fire departments contained flames to the roof of the Van Rob plant at 611 West Second St., in Waverly Tuesday afternoon. The roof of the Van Rob plant, which does metal stampings for the auto industry, caught fire and flames and smoke could be seen from a long distance away.

“We had a fire on the roof, the rubber roofing burned at about two thirds of the east end of the plant,” Waverly Fire Chief Randy Armbruster said. “The fire started about 3:45 (p.m.) yesterday (Tuesday). And we cleared out of there about 8 (p.m.) o’clock last (Tuesday) night. It took close to two hours to get it contained, but then there was a lot of clean up afterwards.”

Armbruster said no one was hurt, and the fire was confined to the roof. He said no fire actually reached the inside of the building itself.

“We responded first out with two engines and a ladder,” Armbruster said. “And then we called mutual aid and we got people from six other departments to come in. We ended up with about 41 personnel.”

Armbruster said the fire is being investigated by the State Fire Marshall’s Office, but it does not appear to be of a suspicious nature.

“It’s just because it’s an industrial fire and it’s a large loss,” Armbruster said, Wednesday morning. “Plant personnel were down there putting temporary roofing on, and they were trying to get back in operation.”

Armbruster credited the containment of the blaze to the roof to those who responded quickly to the scene.

“It was a lot of hard work,” Armbruster said. “We had a lot of good people up there doing their job.”

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at flewis@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Frank on Twitter @FrankLewisPDT.