PPG On Watch After Blaze

NEW MARTINSVILLE – Employees at PPG Industries’ Natrium facility on Sunday were keeping a close eye on the scene of a blaze that injured a firefighter and shut down part of W.Va. 2.

According to Marshall County Emergency Management Agency Director Tom Hart, the fire was reported at the southern Marshall County facility around 6:45 p.m. Saturday. Firefighters from Washington Lands, Moundsville and New Martinsville assisted the on-site PPG fire brigade.

Wetzel and Marshall county sheriff’s deputies and New Martinsville police officers were called to shut down a section of W.Va. 2 for about 10 minutes.

Hart said the fire was extinguished around 9:30 p.m., and firefighters from outside agencies that were monitoring the scene for hot spots were released about two hours after that. The PPG fire brigade was still watching the scene Sunday, he said.

Emergency personnel transported one firefighter to the hospital as a precaution, Hart said. That man, who had difficulty breathing, was kept overnight for observation and released from the hospital Sunday morning, he reported.

According to Hart, the cause of the fire is still under investigation. He said PPG will conduct an internal investigation, and when that is complete, meet with all the fire departments that responded Saturday.