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Clogged ventilator blamed for fire at truck company


A stubborn and smoky fire that apparently started in a clogged paint ventilation system caused an unknown amount of damage to York Truck Body & Equipment in Mount Airy yesterday.

The fire in the 1000 block of Ridgeville Boulevard was reported at 10 a.m. and kept firefighters busy for 90 minutes.

Assistant Chief Doug Alexander of the Mount Airy Fire Company said the blaze apparently started in the ventilation system near the paint booth. Paint residue ignited, filling the building with smoke and forcing the employees to evacuate the 75-by-100-foot one-story building.

The blaze was discovered by a worker in the paint booth, one ofthe eight employees who worked to extinguish the flames while firefighters from Mount Airy and Frederick, Howard and Montgomery counties responded, fire officials said.

Eight pieces of firefighting equipment and two medic units were sent to the fire, according to a dispatcher at the Emergency Operations Center.

Firefighters had difficulty extinguishing the burning filters inside the paint ventilation system and were forced to remove some of the insulation under the roof of the building.

The building, used as a distribution center for the truck body company, did not suffer extensive damage, and the employees returned to work after the firefighters left.

0 An estimate of the damage was not available.

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