Firefighters battle blaze at PA pipe manufacturing plant


Beck Manufacturing fire

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — Fire departments from Franklin and Washington counties worked for 2 1/2 hours Sunday night to minimize the damage from a fire at Beck Manufacturing in Antrim Township, Pa.

Fifty-five firefighters attacked the fire from inside the building as well as the roof.

Beck Manufacturing, on U.S. 11 at the intersection with Mason Road, produces pipe fittings.

The fire, which was reported at about 6 p.m., started in a malfunctioning piece of manufacturing equipment, Greencastle Rescue Hose Fire Chief Kevin Barnes said.

No one was working in the building at the time, he said.

While fire was contained to the area where it started, smoke spread throughout the building.

Crews worked with fans and the exhaust system to ventilate the structure.

“The first arriving units had smoke visible from the roof,” Barnes said.

He credited the sprinkler system with containing the fire.

“We’re trying to ventilate the building and make it more tenable,” he said.

One firefighter was treated for a minor injury.

Beck Manufacturing is a major U.S.-based manufacturer of pipe nipples and couplings, standard steel welded nipples and stainless steel nipples, among other products, according to the company’s website.

The company can customize parts with special coatings, beyond standard black and galvanized finishes, and can process different types of pipe, offering 16 different diameters and more than 50 end finishes, the website said.



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