A fire, that started in a warehouse at saw mill owned by H.M. Stauffer & Sons in the early morning hours of Thursday, Nov. 30, sent one of the company’s workers to the hospital suffering from life-threatening burns about his whole body. Police are still investigating what caused the two-alarm fire, which occurred on Glenold Drive in Upper Leacock Township, just outside of Leola, Pennsylvania.
Emergency dispatchers in the area first started receiving calls about the fire a few minutes before 8:30 a.m. At least 150 police officers, firefighters and paramedics representing 10 different units tended to the injured and fought the blaze once they arrived at the scene.
It wasn’t until 11:00 a.m., that the fire chief with the Upper Leacock Township reported that they had gotten the most of the fire under control. It would take until 6:30 p.m., though, until all flare ups were brought under control.
At that time, he also noted that the one employee most significantly injured by the blaze was initially taken to Lancaster General Hospital for treatment of his third-degree burns. After realizing how severe his burns were though, he was transported by helicopter to Delaware County’s Crozer Burn Center.
As of Friday morning, the state’s fire marshal had returned to the scene of the fire. When he did, he noted that identifying the cause of the fire was going to be difficult, largely because of how significant the damage was.
It’s believed that the 240-by-60 feet building where the fire first ignited housed lumber. The state fire marshal even reported that the fire was so widespread that the heat damaged many of the employees vehicles in the area.
Soon after the fire was brought under control, the saw mill’s owners released a statement thanking emergency crews who’d responded to the blaze. They also expressed their intention to be back up and operational early the following week. They didn’t release any update on their severely burned employee nor wish him a speedy recovery.
If you’ve been seriously hurt on the job, then a Dauphin, Pennsylvania, attorney may advise of your right to file a lawsuit against your employer for lost wages and medical costs among other expenses.
Source: Lancaster Online, “Saw mill employee seriously injured, airlifted to burn center after Upper Leacock Township warehouse fire,” Lindsey Blest, Nov. 30, 2017