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Explosion in Adams County causes concern

Updated: Tuesday, January 21 2014, 07:43 PM CST
Reported by: Christina Butler

ORRTANNA -- While many people in Pennsylvania were just trying to get around in this messy weather, fire crews were rushing to the scene of a fire in Orrtanna, Adams County.

Around 8:30 Tuesday morning, emergency calls were made about a tractor trailer on fire. There were also several reports of small explosions from the truck. It was parked in a parking lot at the Knouse Foods plant.

"Anytime you hear there are hazardous materials involved, or the possibility...for me, I personally get very intense, very concerned," said Chief Jeff Bowling with the Cashtown Fire Department.

Two workers started the truck this morning, and when they did, the fire somehow started. Inside the truck were a variety of chemicals, some of them toxic.

The two workers attempted to put the fire out but could not. They were taken the hospital along with two other employees and four fighters.

None of the injuries were critical, but some of the people did register high carbon monoxide levels.

The plant sent workers home around 10 a.m.

A shelter in place order was issued for neighbors in a half-mile radius. That was lifted around 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Bowling said if it had been a summer day, the situation could have been much worse because people may have had their windows open.

He also says the frigid weather can present problems. Some of their gear freezes up. 

Several people were sent to local hospitals; four of them have since been released.Explosion in Adams County causes concern


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