2013-12-05 / Local & State

Pa. Powdered Metal Factory Fire “Accidental”

ST. MARYS, Pa. (AP) – A state police fire marshal says a fire that caused $350,000 damage to a northwestern Pennsylvania factory was accidental.

The Bradford Era reports the fire at CamCo Diversified in St. Marys started shortly before 9 p.m. Friday when ashes from a woodburning stove were improperly stored in a cardboard barrel. The barrel caught fire and spread to a wall, causing a partial collapse of a roof and exterior wall.

The factory specializes in powdered metal secondary work and was closed when the fire occurred.

Thirty-full time employees were returning to work at the plant located at the Stackpole Industrial Complex, about 100 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

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