NJAF: Another dust collector fire… Always keep in the mind the challenges and dangers presented by combustible dust situations.
A wood processing machine at Inland Plywood in Cocoa caught fire, injuring one worker and destroying the machine, estimated to be worth about $25,000.
Workers smelled smoke and noticed the dust collector was on fire, according to a release. Employees used at least five fire extinguishers trying to fight the blaze â€“ one 51-year-old worker suffered second degree burns on his arm from a dust explosion. He was treated and released on scene.
Cocoa Fire Department responded to 256 Olive Street at about 11:30 a.m. to find heavy smoke coming from the north side of the building, which houses a large amount of plywood and particle board.
They called for help from Rockledge and Brevard County firefighters. Firefighters went into the building, quickly finding and extinguishing the fire in a machine that collected saw dust. The fire was contained to the machine.
Afterward, firefighters used an air boat from the Brevard County Sheriffâ€™s Office to blow the lingering smoke from the building.