Zippo Factory in PA Evacuated After Dust Collector Fire

April 4, 2017

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Zippo Factory in PA Evacuated After Dust Collector Fire
A dust collector fire at Zippo's Bradford, PA factory disrupted operations Monday. Image courtesy Flickr user Franz Lopez

A dust collector fire broke out in the buffing unit of Zippo Manufacturing Co.’s Bradford, PA factory Monday night, prompting the evacuation of the facility, the Bradford Era reported.

Firefighters responded to initial reports of a trash can fire at the facility at about 6:30 p.m., finding the fire was contained to the dust collection system.

“The dust collector is on the exterior of the building,” Mark Paup, president and chief executive officer of Zippo Manufacturing, told the Era. “The reason why it originally appeared to be worse, we think, is because so much smoke entered the facility.”

Following the plant’s protocol, employees evacuated the facility during the incident. Paup told the newspaper that the factory was clear of smoke after about 90 minutes. After firefighters cleared areas of the plant, employees were allowed to reenter.

“Damage was contained to the exterior dust collector,” said Paup, explaining that suppression systems in place at the facility helped keep the flames from spreading.

Paup told the Era that operations resumed as normal on Tuesday.

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