Conveyor belt catches fire; Requires second tanker task force


HAGERSTOWN, Maryland – Units from Long Meadow Volunteer Fire Department along with Hagerstown Fire Department, and surrounding county departments including Funkstown, Smithsburg, Washington County Division of Emergency Services Special Operations and Community Rescue Service were dispatched just before 11:30 p.m. Monday to 1260 Security Road for a commercial building fire.

“We had an overloaded conveyor belt catch fire and burn,” Long Meadow Deputy Chief Adam Hopkins said. “The fire was difficult to access and required extensive work to access.”

Due to water supply issues on the scene, two tanker task forces were dispatched, according to Hopkins.

Command worked with Holcim Inc. supervisors to devise the safest and most efficient plan for battling the fire.

The tanker task force and second alarm assignment brought additional units from within Washington County and surrounding counties.

Holcim Inc. is one of the world’s largest suppliers of cement and aggregates (crushed stone, gravel, and sand). Holcim employs 1,800 employees in the United States, according to the company’s website.

Fire suppression was completed at approximately 2 a.m. and fire department units began clearing the scene.

No injuries were reported from the incident, Hopkins confirmed.

Todd Bowman has been a paramedic/firefighter in Washington County, Maryland for over a decade. Follow him on Twitter @todd_bowman87 or SHOCK-ADVISED @shockadviseNEWS.

Updated at 2:40 a.m.

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