Arson suspected in Md. plastic facility blaze

About 100 firefighters responded to a fire at Artmor Plastics facility in the past month, which caused $150,000 in damage

By FireRescue1 Staff

CUMBERLAND, Md. — A fire at a plastics fabrication facility is suspected to have been a case of arson, according to officials.  

Cumberland Times-News reported that about 100 firefighters responded to a blaze at the Artmor Plastics facility, which is located on a mountain, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office.

“The fire was brought under control just before daybreak and was contained to a part of the building that firefighters currently can’t gain access to,” Allegany County Department of Emergency Services Deputy Director Roger Bennett said.

LaVale Fire Department Chief Ryan Reichert said the firefighters are unable to enter the area because of the state of the building’s deterioration.

“We can’t safely send firefighters into that area because of the building deterioration from the fire today and general deterioration over the years,” he said. “Firefighter safety is a top priority on any incident scene and after careful evaluation of this incident, the command staff decided that they will not allow firefighters to enter the structure because of the significant life safety risk it poses.”

The Fire Marshal’s Office said the fire caused about $150,000 in damage.

No one was hurt in the incident, which is currently under investigation.


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