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Weaving mill fire described as 'strange'

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LEBANON, Pa. (WHTM) - A late night fire at a weaving mill in Lebanon County is being described as the strangest thing one firefighter has ever seen.

Shortly before 11 p.m. Monday, a call came in for a report of a fire at the Keystone Weaving Mill in Lebanon.  When firefighters arrived on the scene, the fire commissioner said they found 50 to 60 small fires "floating" through the building.  Those fires turned out to a be a heavy build-up of lint from the weaving looms in different parts of the mill.

The fires were put out and no damage was done to the building.

"I don't suspect there's any damage to the building in any way, shape or form," said Lebanon Fire Commissioner Duane Trautman. "Sprinkler systems were never kicked off. There is some water damage inside to some materials. Some looms were operating. I don't know the extent of the wetness."

One employee was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation.  Firefighters said the incident is not suspicious and was most likely caused by a machine malfunction.
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