Conveyor fire halts production at Carmeuse

BETTSVILLE – A conveyor belt fire Saturday afternoon caused a temporary production halt at Carmeuse, 1967 W. CR 42.

Jim Maglosky, Bettsville’s fire chief, said the plant was operating at the time the belt caught fire.

“The belt was burned up in the fire,” he said.

Maglosky said the fire also damaged a bucket elevator belt. He estimated damage to equipment at $3,000 to $5,000 but said the loss will be more due to the plant being down. He said officials are figuring it will take at least 48 hours until another belt is obtained, and the plant probably will not be operating again until Monday.

“The cause is still under investigation,” he said.

A Seneca County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said the fire was reported at 2:11 p.m., and rescue personnel remained at the scene until about 5 p.m. Personnel from Bettsville and Old Fort fire departments and Bascom EMS responded to the fire. Seneca Community Chaplain Corps provided water and ice due to the heat, she said.

Maglosky said firefighters were at the scene for a couple of hours and also spent a couple of hours cleaning at the station due to the lime dust.

No one was injured in the fire, he said.

According to Carmeuse Lime & Stone’s website, the company supplies lime and limestone and has about 30 manufacturing facilities in the United States and eastern Canada.