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9 treated at hospitals after truck fire in Orrtanna

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ORRTANNA, Pa. (WHTM) -

Nine people were treated at hospitals after a tractor-trailer fire this morning at a Knouse Foods processing plant in Orrtanna.

John Eline, Director of Adams County Emergency Services, said the Knouse employees and emergency responders experienced breathing problems and were transported to Gettysburg and Waynesboro hospitals.

Eline said insulation material that burned in the truck has a chemical that is a hazardous substance and an irritant to the respiratory system.

A spokesman at Gettysburg Hospital told the Associated Press that four emergency responders and three plant workers were treated there for potential exposure to the chemical toluene. Two others were treated at Waynesboro Hospital.

The Adams County Department of Emergency Services had warned residents within a half-mile radius of the plant to stay indoors, but gave the all-clear shortly before 1 p.m.

A hazardous materials team, as well as multiple ambulances and fire departments from around the county, were dispatched to the plant at 1505 Orrtanna Road in Hamiltonban Township when a truck parked on the property caught fire at around 8:30 a.m.

Scott Briggs, a Knouse Foods spokesman, said the truck belonged to a contractor. He said employees at the plant were sent home early because of the fire and the winter storm.

 

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