October 29, 2013

No employees were injured during Camoplast Solideal fire


---- — PLATTSBURGH — The roof of Camoplast Solideal was badly damaged in a fire late Sunday that officials believe might have been ignited by a spark from a grinding tool. 

Larry McGinn, the director of the plant at 1 Industrial Blvd., said the blaze broke out shortly after 11 p.m., reported by the night shift facilitator. The 45 employees working at the time were evacuated immediately.

Fire departments from Morrisonville, Saranac, AuSable Forks, West Chazy, Cadyville, Cumberland Head, Dannemora, Peru, Beekmantown, Keeseville, South Plattsburgh and Distritct 3 responded.

“Nobody got hurt, which is the most important thing,” McGinn said. “We have a designated meeting point at the back side of our lot; everybody followed the proper procedures.”

Camoplast makes snowmobile tracks.

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The cause of the fire was still under investigation, though McGinn said it began during regular machine maintenance.

“We believe a spark from a grinder that’s used to repair the machines lit the ceiling on fire,” he said.

The roof was badly damaged, as well as several pieces of equipment, but the extent of the damage was still being measured.

“We lost some tracks that were in the process (of being made) because the equipment was shut down immediately,” McGinn said.

He said he hoped to slowly bring the facility back into production over the next few days; he didn’t expect any employment continuity to be compromised for full-time workers.

“We’re still trying to understand the extent of the damage,” McGinn said.

A maintenance crew was doing repairs and cleaning up water damage from putting the fire out.

“The most important thing is to make sure we can operate the equipment safely before we move ahead,” he said. “We expect to be up and running shortly.”