The Harrington Group

Recent Industrial Dryer Fire: Top Lesson Learned

Posted on Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Last month, Kentucky firefighters responded to a fire inside a large, industrial dryer at the R.R. Donnelley plant located in Dannville. The dryer is used to dry ink on magazines after they are printed, using extremely hot air. According to Fire Chief Woody Ball, an unidentified mechanical failure caused resin to build up inside of...read the full article

Three Strategies to Minimize Loss from Industrial Oven and Dryer Fires

Posted on Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Last month, fire broke out in a production oven processing a rubber product at American National Rubber Co., located in Ceredo, West Virginia. No injuries were reported in the incident. The fire ignited inside the oven, apparently from self-heating of an accumulation of combustible residue. The fire spread into the exhaust ductwork, also facilitated by...read the full article

Florida Propane Explosion Likely Caused by Equipment Failure and Human Error

Posted on Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

The Florida State Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the massive propane explosion that recently injured eight people at the Blue Rhino propane plant located in Tavares. Local authorities do not suspect arson or foul play, but do believe that human error and equipment failure may have caused the blast. The Blue Rhino facility...read the full article

Massive Fire at Boston Warehouse Causes $1 Million in Damages

Posted on Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Earlier this month, Boston firefighters were called to a three-story warehouse fire at the U.S. Coast Guard station located on Commercial Street. The facility is used to repair boats. Thankfully, no injuries were reported during the incident; however, damages are estimated to be approximately $1 million. On its official Twitter account, the Boston Fire Department...read the full article

Investigators: Fire Sprinklers Failed to Operate in Industrial Fire

Posted on Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Last month, a large industrial fire at Nationwide OTR Recyclers in Indiana caused more than $10 million in damages. The fire began on a Saturday and raged through the weekend, fueled by more than 85,000 square-feet of tires; 60,000 square-feet of pallets; and approximately 30 propane tanks. Smoke from the huge fire could be seen...read the full article