Update: Furnace Leak Causes Fire at Vitro’s Carlisle Float Plant

Glass Magazine
August 21, 2017

A three-alarm fire broke out just before 10:30 a.m. Aug. 17 at the Vitro Architectural Glass float plant near Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The fire was caused by a glass leak in one of the facility’s two melting furnaces, according to a statement from the company.

“The local fire department responded, and one employee was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation," officials said in the statement. "The extent of the damage is not yet known. Company officials are assessing the situation and will have more information when it is available.”

Vitro officials issued an updated statement on Aug. 21. “Specialists and engineers continue to evaluate both lines at the plant and work to restore utility services so off-line production, such as residential insulating glass unit and glass coating lines, can resume. The employee taken to the hospital for observation was released and returned to work the same day. In the meantime, the company is working to minimize disruption to its customers' operations by supplying glass from other Vitro facilities,” according to the statement. 

For additional coverage, including statements from Cumberland County officials and photos from the scene, view the feed from The Sentinel, a local news outlet.