Cause of CreaFill Fibers fire remains under investigation

WORTON — The Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal is continuing to investigate a commercial building fire Thursday night, May 2 at CreaFill Fibers Corp. in the 10000-block of Worton Road.

The plant manufactures cellulose fibers.

The fire originated inside the 80×200-foot structure, but the cause has not been determined, according to a May 3 news release from the fire marshal’s office.

According to investigators, a smoke alarm was present and activated.

An employee discovered the fire at 5:51 p.m.

With personnel already in the firehouse at the time of the dispatch, Chestertown Volunteer Fire Company was able to respond immediately. Its Rescue-Engine 6 arrived on the scene at 5:58 p.m., according to a post on the fire company’s Facebook page.

Firefighters encountered significant smoke showing from the entire processing building.

“It was learned there had been a dust explosion involving a piece of equipment, followed by a fire that spread into the roof and the adjacent wall,” the Facebook post states. 

Crews worked from both the roof and inside the structure to ferret out the hidden fire and make sure it was completely extinguished.

No injuries were reported, according to the fire marshal’s news release.

About 50 firefighters — from Kent, Queen Anne’s and Cecil counties — responded. They brought the fire under control in an hour.

Chestertown VFC was the primary responder.

Kent-Queen Anne’s Rescue Squad and Kent County EMS also responded

According to the fire marshal’s office, estimated loss to the building is $50,000.

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