Explosions, Fire Destroy Five Street Sweepers, Building In Elkton

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Elkton – Singerly Fire Company (Elkton), Aetna Hose Hook and Ladder Company (Newark), North East Fire Company and Charlestown Fire Company responded for the reported structure fire with explosions, according to Singerly Fire Chief, Tim Poore Jr.

Poore said Assistant Chief Fred Hill Jr arrived to find a 50′ x 75′ building with fire showing from several overhead doors and established the Blueball Road Command. Incident Command requested the Tanker Task Force, bringing additional Water Supply Units from Perryville, Chesapeake City, Hacks Point, Rising Sun, West Grove and Oxford Fire Companies.

Numerous explosions continued to occur within the structure causing severe structural damage and a collapse of the entire roof structure, said Poore. Command placed the incident under control after approximately 1 hour, with personnel operating on scene for approximately 4 hours to overhaul the structure and extinguish hot spots.

The business, Certified Seal Company, a street sweeping businesses that services the University of Delaware, City of Elkton, Rising Sun and  Chesapeake City, lost five trucks in the fire, according to reports.

The Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal remains on scene, investigating the cause of the fire and preparing loss estimations, 1 Firefighter was treated on scene for non-life threatening injuries.

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