Chief: No one hurt in small fire at BAE Systems

The York Dispatch

A small fire Wednesday morning forced the brief evacuation of the BAE Systems plant in West Manchester Township, a fire official said.

Firefighters were called to the 1100 Bairs Road facility about 10 a.m., West Manchester Fire Chief Clif Laughman said.

Firefighters were called to BAE Systems on Bairs Road in West Manchester Township on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, for a small fire inside a duct system.
(Dawn J. Sagert photo)

"It was just a small fire in the ductwork of one of their machines," Laughman said, adding that no one was hurt.

He said it took some time for crews to find the fire, and they had to cut holes in the ductwork to get to it.

By that time, the fire had burned out because air flow to the ductwork had been turned off, Laughman said. Basically, lack of oxygen caused the fire to burn out, he confirmed.

BAE workers were evacuated, but they were allowed back inside the facility once firefighters had finished their work, Laughman said.

Assisting West Manchester Township firefighters at the scene were crews from Nashville, Thomasville, Spring Grove, York City and West York, he said.

They cleared the scene about 11:20 a.m., according to Laughman.