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October 23, 2012

Fire damages Indiana business

INDIANA — Fire crews on Tuesday battled a blaze at an Indiana County printing company that produced smoke that could be seen for miles.

The fire at Creps United Publications near Indiana was reported about 8:30 a.m. and appeared to be largely under control by noon.

The plant is located west of the borough on Christy Park Drive, just off Philadelphia Street in White Township.

Indiana County emergency management coordinator Tom Stutzman said ink used at the plant isn’t flammable because it is soy-based, but the large volumes of paper stored there fueled the fire.

No workers were hurt, though at least two firefighters were said to be hurt, one from a hose and another from an unspecified medical condition.

The cause of the fire was not immediately clear.

The company prints bulk inserts and brochures for newspapers.

Fire companies from four counties responded to the blaze.

Nine fire companies in Indiana County – Creekside, Clymer, Homer City, Coral-Graceton, Cherryhill, Blairsville, Marion Center, Saltsburg and Blacklick – assisted volunteers from Indiana. Firefighters from Armagh-East Wheatfield, Brush Valley, Plumville and Pine Township stood by in other Indiana County stations.

Volunteers from Nanty Glo were at the scene along with firefighters from Ebensburg, who assisted with their ladder truck. Hope, Vintondale and Nicktown fire companies responded to stand by at Indiana County stations.

Bolivar, New Florence, and other Westmoreland County companies responded to stand by in other stations while Ligonier’s squad was dispatched.

Fire companies from Greensburg and Latrobe in Westmoreland County and the Kittanning fire company in Armstrong County sent manpower and equipment to the scene.

 

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