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Third Fire Reported at Newark Fiberglass Insulation Warehouse

NEWARK (Jen French)The Newark Fire Department is looking for ways to prevent future fires after crews responded to the third fire at a fiberglass and insulation plant this year.

Saturday night, several departments showed up at Owens Corning Plant when a fire was reported in the warehouse after 8:00. About 50 firefighters were on the scene. It took four hours to put out.

The first fire was reported in the summer. The second happened in November. Assistant Fire Chief Tom OBrien said the fires this year have always started in the fiberglass insulation stored in the warehouse. The cause of Saturdays fire is not known at this time, but OBrien said its possible that something hot smoldered in insulation, causing a fire to start on its own. Investigators are working to learn what specifically caused the most recent fire.

Though there are fewer fires now, several fires have occurred at the plant since the 1980s.

A cost estimate to put out Saturdays fire was not immediately available.
Though most of the damage was limited to the insulation, the Newark Fire Department estimates damages are around $500,000.

According to firefighters, the plant recently installed infrared cameras to detect any hot spots during production or storage.

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