A glass leak at a glass manufacturer ignited a three-alarm blaze Thursday morning in South Middleton Township.

Around 10:30 a.m. fire crews from Cumberland, Adams, Dauphin, Franklin, Perry and York counties were dispatched to Vitro Architectural Glass (the former PPG plant) in the 400 block of Park Drive.

The fire quickly rose to a second alarm and eventually became a three-alarm fire.

According to Vitro Architectural Glass Human Resource Director Teal Gaylord, the blaze began when a leak occurred in one of the two large glass melting furnaces within the facility.

Cumberland County Communications Director Rachel Bryson said more than 40 companies from six counties responded to the fire, which was extinguished by 4 p.m. She said one worker was transported to an area hospital to be treated for a very minor injury.

All employees at the facility were accounted for and no community evacuations were issued. Fire crews and emergency personnel from Cumberland, Dauphin, Adams, Franklin, Perry and York counties responded to the scene.

Bryson also said Cumberland County’s Hazmat team and representatives from the Department of Environmental Protection were requested to the scene, as a precaution.

Ron Hamilton, South Middletown Township Fire Chief, was in charge of fire operations on site. He reported Citizens Fire Company No.1 was still on the scene by early evening assisting with clean-up efforts.

The plant, which manufactures plate glass for architectural purposes, employs about 340 people. Vitro took ownership of the plant in 2016 following a deal to purchase it from PPG that was announced in June 2016.

In 2013, fire crews were called to the plant, but ultimately found to be unnecessary, following a glass leak. That incident prompted a two-alarm response, but was handled internally and no evacuations were necessary.

The plant has been at the location on Park Drive since 1972.

Posted earlier on Cumberlink:

Cumberland County Communications Director Rachel A. Bryson released the following statement about today's fire at the former PPG plant via email at 5:17 p.m.:

More than 40 companies from six counties responded to the fire at Vitro Architectural Glass, 400 Park Dr., Carlisle, in South Middleton Township. The initial dispatch call for the fire was reported at 10:26 a.m.

The fire is extinguished and as of 4 p.m., all units except Citizens Fire Company No.1 have been released from the scene.

Cumberland County’s Hazmat team and representatives from the Department of Environmental Protection were requested to the scene, as a precaution.

Ron Hamilton, South Middletown Township Fire Chief, was in charge of fire operations on site. He reported Citizens Fire Company No.1 was still on the scene assisting with clean-up efforts.

Posted earlier on Cumberlink:

A glass leak at a glass manufacturer ignited a three-alarm blaze Thursday morning in South Middleton Township.

Around 10:30 a.m. fire crews were dispatched to Vitro Architectural Glass (the former PPG plant) in the 400 block of Park Drive. The fire quickly rose to a second alarm and eventually became a three-alarm fire.

An initial report from Cumberland County officials said there were no injuries, but the county later released information that one worker was treated at an area hospital for very minor injuries.

According to Vitro Architectural Glass Human Resource Director Teal Gaylord, the blaze began when a leak occurred in one of the two large glass melting furnaces within the facility.

“The fire department responded and no injuries have been reported,” Gaylord said during a news conference around 1:30 p.m. Thursday. “The extent of the damage is not yet known.”

All employees at the facility were accounted for and no community evacuations were issued. Fire crews and emergency personnel from Cumberland, Dauphin, Adams, Franklin, Perry and York counties responded to the scene.

Bryson confirmed that the state Department of Environmental Protection and a hazardous materials team also were called to the scene as a precaution.

The plant, which manufactures plate glass for architectural purposes, employs about 340 people. Vitro took ownership of the plant in 2016 following a deal to purchase it from PPG that was announced in June 2016.

In 2013, fire crews were called to the plant, but ultimately found to be unnecessary, following a glass leak. That incident prompted a two-alarm response, but was handled internally and no evacuations were necessary.

The plant has been at the location on Park Drive since 1972.

Posted earlier on Cumberlink:

Cumberland County Communications Director Rachel A. Bryson released the following statement about today's fire at the former PPG plant via email at 2:25 p.m.:

"The fire department was dispatched at 10:26 a.m. to Vitro Architectural Glass, 400 Park Dr., Carlisle (South Middleton Township).

According to Teal Gaylord, Human Resources Director of Vitro Architectural Glass, “A glass leak was discovered on one of the two glass melting furnaces at Vitro’s Float Glass Plant near Carlisle. The fire department responded and no injuries have been reported. The extent of the damage is not yet known. Company officials are assessing the situation and will have more information when it is available.”

All employees at the facility have been accounted for. Currently, no community evacuations are occurring.

The three-alarm fire is currently contained. In addition to Cumberland, units have also been dispatched from Adams, Dauphin, Franklin, Perry and York counties.

Vitro Architectural Glass manufactures architectural plate glass for building construction applications."

Posted earlier on Cumberlink:

A Cumberland County spokesperson said there were are no injuries in the glass leak incident at the former PPG plant in South Middleton Township.

Posted earlier on Cumberlink:

Vitro Architectural Glass released the following statement at the scene of today's fire in South Middleton at the former PPG plant:

"A glass leak was discovered on one of two glass melting furnaces at Vitro’s float glass plant near Carlisle, PA. The local fire department responded and no injuries have been reported. The extent of the damage is not yet known. Company officials are assessing the situation and will have more information when it is available."

A media briefing is expected at the scene shortly, a reporter at the scene said at 1 p.m.

Posted earlier on Cumberlink.com:

Reports from Vitro Architectural Glass, formerly PPG, indicate that all employees of the facility have been accounted for, though a spokesperson would not comment on whether anyone was injured. The plant employs about 340 people.

PPG announced in July of 2016, that it reached a definitive agreement to sell the assets of its flat glass manufacturing and glass coatings operations to Vitro S.A.B. de C.V., a leading producer of flat glass and specialty products. That sale included the South Middleton plant.

Posted earlier on Cumberlink:

Smoke has begun to dissipate at the scene of the PPG plant fire in South Middleton Township.

Still no word from officials on details for the fire or the cause.

Posted at 11:21 a.m.:

Reports from the scene of the fire say several ambulances keep arriving on site at the plant.

A plant manager is expected to make a statement shortly.

Posted at 10:48 a.m.:

South Middleton Supervisor Tom Faley is on scene and said emergency crews have evacuated the area around the plant at 400 Park Drive due to the potential of an explosion.

No details are available yet for the specific location of the fire.

Posted at 10:25 a.m.:

Emergency crews are responding to a report of a building fire at the PPG Industries facility on Park Drive in South Middleton Township.

The first call for the fire went out at 10:28 a.m., and a second alarm was issued at 10:40 a.m.

A photographer at the scene said heavy smoke can be seen flowing from the structure.

Check back to Cumberlink for updates as they become available.

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