Fire Strikes Maryland Laundry: $2 Million in Damage

Posted January 11, 2019 at 12:26 pm




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A spontaneous-combustion fire that broke out in the early morning hours of Jan. 7 heavily damaged a food-and-beverage laundry in Salisbury, MD, according to local news reports.

No injuries were reported in the fire at Quality Linen Service. The incident began near the dryers when a load of bar mops ignited. The ensuing fire triggered an automatic alarm that summoned local firefighters. Upon their arrival, firefighters determined that a major structure fire was underway. A total of 60 firefighters from multiple departments brought the blaze under control in about 90 minutes. Damage to the building is estimated at $2 million, with heavy damage to most of the equipment, according to Salisbury Fire Department Deputy Chief Darrin Scott.

Attempts to obtain a comment from owner/operator Dickie Smith of Quality Linen were unsuccessful. However, Smith told a local media outlet that the company’s staff of 50 people are working to resume normal operations as quickly as possible. Click here and here for details.

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