Asphalt Fire

A large piece of machinery and two trucks caught fire Thursday afternoon at the Frederick Asphalt plant on Buckeystown Pike. Firefighters took about 30 minutes to bring the blaze under control.

No injuries were reported after a fire broke out at Frederick Asphalt on Thursday.

The call came in at 12:05 p.m. for units to respond to the plant in the 4000 block of Buckeystown Pike, according to Tom Coe, emergency services deputy chief at the Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services.

Thirteen units responded and brought the fire under control in 22 minutes, he said.

The cause and extent of the damage is still being determined, but he said an asphalt processing machine caught fire, which then extended to a dump truck.

“The company is still assessing the value of the damage,” he said.

The fire is under investigation, but Coe said that it was determined to be accidental.

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(19) comments

KellyAlzan

Huge and prayers

public-redux

Gosh, that radio news is almost word for word what the FNP article says. And only a day later too.

rbtdt5

It came out on the radio yesterday also. This story hit the FNP at 5:30 and WFMD had it posted at 7:30. Not sure what time it first hit the airwaves.

public-redux

So I misunderstood CD twice. First, I mistakenly thought “what the article stated” meant the newspaper article instead of the radio. Second, when he wrote “this morning” I obviously should have understood that to mean yesterday. Apologies all around.

rbtdt5

No need to apologies. Just glad all is understood now. [smile]

public-redux

Now I understand. CD doesn’t say what he means and doesn’t mean what he says. Thanks for pointing that out.

CDReid

Ummm, public, did you happen to notice the question mark in my reply to I270corridor? That meant that I was asking him if what he posted was contrary to what the article stated. Was it really all that hard for you to get? Seriously? It seems other people understood it, so it would then seem it wasn't all that hard for them. And anyone who knows me will tell you that I do say what I mean and mean what I say. You just need to pay a little closer attention, I would say.

CDReid

Additionally, public, the original FNP article, which I was referring to, did state that the fire started in the plant and spread to the truck, CONTRARY to what I270 wrote, and that was backed up by the WFMD news, which was NOT what I was referring to. Got it now?

CDReid

rb, I first read it in the paper around 7:00 that morning and heard it on the radio around 11:00, 4 hours later. It may have been on air sooner, though.

cleanrunoff

The mix should be no hotter than 325 deg. at the point of discharge into the truck.

KellyAlzan

Oh

pappyjoe

Just guessing and a long shot guess but asphalt is at a pretty high temperatures loading on trucks below. Their chimney stack looks to be at fault from poor maintenance due to business pressures to survive. No maintenance, creates residue build-up. By the look of the pretty painted conveyor belt motor not giving the velocity in driving to specs can cause residue build-up. Taking asphalt temperatures combine with chimney residue can cause ignition but, only a guess to me. I don`t want to bring this up but, what`s the company history for on demand services?

I270corridor

Actually, the fire started in a dump truck and quickly spread.

CDReid

Contrary to what the article stated?

public-redux

You have a lot of faith in FNP reporters, CD.

CDReid

Now public, you know better than that, but I did hear on WFMD news this morning that the fire marshal said that it started in the processing area and spread to the truck.

public-redux

Ah, I didn't realize that "Contrary to what the article stated" meant "what I heard on the radio. My mistake.

rbtdt5

Here is what CD was referring too
"Fire officials say an asphalt processing machine caught fire, and it spread to a dump truck. The fire was brought under control within 22-minutes. No one was injured."
http://www.wfmd.com/2019/04/18/cause-of-fire-at-frederick-asphalt-under-investigation/

CDReid

And that was why I was questioning what 1270corridor posted.

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