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Firefighters Kept Busy with Two Calls at Blommer Chocolate
Written by Larry Roeder, Editor

Little more than 12 hours separate both incidents


            East Greenville Fire Company was called to the report of a structure fire at Blommer Chocolate, in Upper Hanover Township, around 8:15 Tuesday morning; their second trip to the plant in little more than 12 hours.

Area fire companies responded to second call at Blommer Chocolate, in Upper 

Hanover Township, in little more than 12 hours.

            More than 50 volunteer firefighters and fire police from at least six companies assisted at the scene and faced 30-degree temperatures and blustery winds in the Tuesday morning call.

            According to East Greenville Deputy Chief Mike Wetzel, the fire was contained to the "bag house" in the crystallizer area; a section that contains ductwork and about 200 6'x4" cotton "socks" used to filter dust from the product.  Firefighters advanced hose-lines into the building and, due to the density of the area, bounced water off the ceiling onto the heated filters.

            Employees were evacuated from the area.

            No injuries were reported and no damage estimate was available.

            The cause of both the Tuesday morning and Monday evening fires are under investigation.

            Wetzel reported that the Tuesday morning and Monday evening incidents were most likely "unfortunate coincidences."

            Other fire companies responding included Pennsburg, Red Hill, Green Lane and Gilbertsville from Montgomery County; Hereford from Berks County; and Milford Township from Bucks County.

            Emergency medical units from the Upper Perkiomen Valley Ambulance Association as well as canteen units from North Penn Goodwill also responded.

            Standing by for local companies were fire units from Quakertown and New Hanover Township.

            Blommer Drive was closed during the incident and fire units were on the scene until noon.

            Monday night's call was dispatched around 7:30 p.m. as an "automatic fire alarm".  East Greenville Chief Justin Wilson arrived quickly on the scene and reported an active fire which upgraded the call to bring in additional units from Pennsburg, Red Hill, Green Lane, Hereford, Milford, and Trumbauersville.  Emergency Medical Units from Upper Perkiomen Valley Ambulance Association and Harleysville Area Medical Services also responded to the scene.

            That fire was reported to be in a crystallizer unit and partially contained by an automatic fire suppression system.

            Units were on the scene for about one hour.





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