Conveyor Fire Breaks Out at Ceramics Plant

February 3, 2020

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Conveyor Fire Breaks Out at Ceramics Plant
A fire broke out in a conveyor belt this Saturday at a ceramics plant in New York State. Representative image. Image courtesy of Pixabay

Crews responded to the Norlite Lightweight Aggregate ceramics manufacturing plant in Cohoes, NY on Saturday after a blaze ignited in a conveyor belt at the facility, several local news organizations reported. 

The fire ignited at about 8:30 p.m. in a conveyor belt inside the Saratoga Street facility, according to the Albany Times-Union. Cohoes Mayor William Keeler told the newspaper that only the equipment was damaged during the incident.  

Firefighters were able to control the flames after about an hour on scene, fire officials said in coverage by television news station WTEN. 

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No one was hurt during the incident, the Times-Union said.   

Norlite produces ceramic aggregate for a variety of applications, including building products, wastewater treatment, and soil conditioning, information on the company’s website states. 

The company announced plans to invest $30 million in a new air pollution control system at the Cohoes plant in late 2018, the Albany Business Journal reported at the time.  

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