South Middleton Township Fire

Fire crews battled a three alarm blaze caused by a glass leak in a melting furnace at Vitro Architectural Glass in South Middleton Township Thursday.

Michael Bupp, The Sentinel

Vitro Architectural Glass is still working to fully recover from a three-alarm blaze Thursday at its factory in South Middleton Township.

“Specialists and engineers continue to evaluate both lines at the plant and work to restore utility services so off-line production, such as residential insulating glass unit and glass coating lines, can resume,” company officials said in a written statement. “In the meantime, the company is working to minimize disruption to its customers’ operations by supplying glass from other Vitro facilities.”

The factory, formerly a PPG plant, in the 400 block of Park Drive caught fire around 10:30 a.m. Thursday when molten glass leaked from one of two glass melting furnaces.

More than 40 companies from six counties responded to the three-alarm fire, and one injury was reported.

A Vitro Architectural Glass employee was taken to the hospital for observation for possible smoke inhalation, but returned to work the same day, according to the company’s statement.

Vitro purchased the factory, which was built in 1972, from PPG in 2016.


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