Region remains active hot spot

PHILIPPI – A Barbour County plant will be shut down for several days following a midmorning fire at the facility Tuesday, officials said.

Snyder Industries Inc.’s plant manager, Mike Isner, said the shutdown will cut into the facility’s production until repairs can be made.

Isner said the fire started in the roof insulation above one of the plant’s ovens.

“These ovens run at 600 degrees,” Isner said. “It is very likely a spark started the fire, which burned the roof insulation and some of the electrical wiring.

“Our company works 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” Isner said. “It will take us a couple of days to get everything repaired and be back up to full production.”

Isner said the Philippi plant, located at 8 Mattaliano Drive, has two ovens it uses to manufacture plastic polyethylene tanks. The tanks are used to hold water and chemicals for septic tanks.

“We had 10 employees at the plant when the fire started,” Isner said. “We have 21 employees at this site.”

Snyder Industries Inc. has eight manufacturing plants across the U.S.

Firefighters from the Philippi. Belington and Junior volunteer fire departments, as well as Belington EMS and Philippi EMS, assisted at the scene.

There were no estimates of damages available at presstime.