A worker was taken to York Hospital for smoke inhalation after a fire at a West Manchester Township cement plant on Tuesday.

First responders were sent to Lehigh Cement Co., 200 Hokes Mill Road, about 10:15 a.m. for a fire in a machine used to make cement.

Workers were using a material, called rubber crumbs, made from pulverized tires to heat limestone in a furnace when the rubber appears to have gotten stuck and caught fire, said Dave Nichols, fire chief of West Manchester Township.

The fire was contained to the furnace, housed in a steel-frame building, but firefighters had to take part of the machine apart to reach the flames, he said.

They had the fire out in an hour.

Work at the plant was halted as firefighters fought the fire, but resumed as crews were leaving, Nichols said.

Crews from West York, York Area United Fire & Rescue, York City, New Salem and Nashville assisted West Manchester Township firefighters.

- Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.


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