Firefighters respond to Allen Harim fire

October 5, 2017

A fire at the Allen Harim food processing plant in Harbeson Oct. 4 caused $50,000 in damages, officials say

Firefighters with Indian River, Lewes, Millsboro, Rehoboth Beach, Ellendale, Georgetown and Milton fire companies responded at 9:25 p.m. to a working commercial structure fire on Harbeson Road facility. The fire was reported to be in the 4th floor area where boxes are stored, fire officials said.

A sprinkler system contained the fire until firefighters could completely extinguish it, said Harry Miller, chief deputy state fire marshal. 

Emergency response crew assignments included fire suppression activities, negative pressure ventilation, manpower pool, ladder access to the roof area, as well as salvage and recovery, clean-up and mop up tasks.

Additional resources were needed from the Sussex County Emergency Medical Services, the DNREC Hazardous Materials Unit, and the Delaware State Fire Police. The fire was under control by 10:50 p.m., and firefighters cleared the scene at 12:42 p.m., Miller said.

One person was injured, but there are no further details, he said.

Miller said the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office continues to investigate the cause; damages are $50,000.

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