Berkshire Hathaway’s Johns Manville had a 7-alarm fire on April 7-8 at its plant located in Winslow Township, New Jersey.
The fire was initially extinguished, but it rekindled the following evening, before being fully subdued.
No injuries were reported, and the extent of the damage is not known. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
Johns Manville manufactures insulation and building materials.
“Nearly thirty (30) hours after the first alarm was transmitted, firefighters remain on the scene of the Johns Manville Fire. Seven alarms were ultimately struck for this fire yesterday,” the Camden County IAFF Local 3249 posted on their Facebook page. “As part of an organized incident management plan, fire companies throughout the region are being rotated in to the scene for defined operational periods to prevent safety hazards due to fatigue from overwork. Other companies are also covering for units committed to the scene in order to ensure adequate coverage is maintained for any other emergencies that may occur within the region while this extended operation continues.”
Berkshire Hathaway has been snakebit with fires recently, with a major fire destroying a Lubrizol plant in Rouen, France in September 2019, and just last month a fire destroyed a Forest River RV plant in Goshen, Indiana.
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