Responder ‘Army’ Called to Bengal Paper Fire in Linfield
LINFIELD PA – An army of local first responders converged Saturday (July 9, 2022) shortly after 8 p.m. at the Bengal Paper and Converting facility, 1155 Main St., for a persistent fire that officials said occurred primarily in a warehouse. The Limerick Fire Department, reporting on its Facebook page, said crews were still at the scene as of Sunday at 12:30 a.m., more than four hours later.
No reports are yet available on injuries, if any; the cause of the fire, the extent of the damage, or its immediate effect if any on Bengal’s operations.
Callers who reported the incident to Montgomery County dispatchers said they initially saw “thick black smoke” coming from the building. Later at the scene, firefighters could be seen wearing air canisters and face masks enabling them to work within smoke-filled spaces, and the Perkiomen Township Fire Company was called in to assist with its air tank refill equipment.
Firefighters who sought a respite from the work, and others who awaited orders from commanders on the site, gathered outside the facility near already opened ground-floor warehouse doors. The buildings’ interior at those points were seen to be filled with billowing smoke in shades of white and gray.
To gain access to parts of the structure, firefighters at one point used power equipment to cut into its seemingly metal roof. Sparks from the cutting blades cascaded around their legs and feet as they worked. Tower and ladder apparatus provided by several companies were set up at intervals across the length of the facility, ensuring crews could reach rooftop portions of the buildings as needed.
Area residents came from out of their homes to watch the action, and talked among themselves in small clusters lining Main Street. Some even set up lawn chairs to make themselves more comfortable.
Dispatchers summoned volunteers and equipment from the Limerick, Liberty No. 1, Ridge No. 1, Sanatoga, North Coventry, Royersford, Kimberton, Pottstown, Trappe, and Perkiomen Township fire departments and companies. Also responding were several Limerick Police Department patrol vehicles, Friendship Ambulance, Trappe EMS, and a variety of fire police units.
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