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“The blaze started at a piece of machinery used in the process of making chocolate and spread into the ventilation ductwork of the building.”
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An early-morning fire struck at the Cargill Chocolate plant in Mount Joy on Aug. 26.
Employees discovered the fire at the 200 Chocolate Ave. plant shortly after 3 a.m., Fire Department Mount Joy Chief Matt Gohn said.
The blaze started at a piece of machinery used in the process of making chocolate and spread into the ventilation ductwork of the building.
No one was injured, Gohn said. The employees evacuated before firefighters arrived.
Firefighters used ladder trucks with buckets from Mount Joy, Elizabethtown and Rohrerstown to access the ductwork on the outside of the building, Gohn said.
“It was 50 feet up at one place and 10 feet up at another,” he said.
The inside of about 100 feet of ductwork was burning, and firefighters were able to contain the fire to the ductwork.
In a labor-intensive process, firefighters cut into sections of the ductwork so they could spray water through it to douse flames.
About 35 firefighters from several companies brought the fire under control in about two hours, Gohn said.
He did not immediately have an estimate of the damage from the fire.
“It appears accidental,” Gohn said of the fire’s cause.
Gohn said the rest of the chocolate plant would continue running normally on Aug. 26 and the portion affected by the fire might also resume operations the same day.
Calls to Cargill Chocolate for comment were not immediately returned.