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Fire engulfs Leetsdale Industrial Park

Matt Merlino
Photo credit: Matt Merlino

Officials have said that 3-alarm industrial fire at the Leetsdale Industrial Park has spread to a second building. The fire had originated at Weatherford Engineered Chemistry, an oil and gas service company.

According to WPXI, the second building that caught on fire in Leetsdale Industrial Park was Millwood Inc., an industrial packaging equipment company.

Allegheny County Hazmat teams were on scene according to Channel 11’s Damany Lewis.

An evacuation order for homes on Washington Street in the Leetsdale Borough has been issued by the Allegheny County Emergency Services officials. Officials have said that over 70 homes have been evacuated.

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Representatives from Hazmat will be going door-to-door to relay the orders to residents who will be evacuated to the Quaker Valley High School gymnasium.

Due to fire and smoke blowing in the direction of the preschools, Ambridge, Alquippa, and Hopewell have been told to keep the children inside.

Motorists are being asked by emergency officials to avoid Route 65.

According to officials, one firefighter has been evacuated and is receiving fluids. Three workers at the industrial park sustained non-life threatening injuries, but were taken to Sewickley Valley Hospital.

Flames could be seen erupting from the roof of the building at the height of the fire.

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Delaney Hassell, Social Media Manager
A communication major with a concentration in journalism and a minor in psychology, Delaney is one of the Social Media Managers for RMU Sentry Media as well as the News Director for RMU-TV. Previously she has served as the News Manager for the Sentry. Delaney has also been heavily involved with RMU-TV anchoring, producing, conducting interviews, etc. She most recently co-anchored and help produce the Emmy-nominated SCJ 2016 Election Night Coverage. Originally from Erie, she was eager to move to the Pittsburgh area to attend Robert Morris.
Matt Merlino, Chief Graphic Designer
A senior Media Arts (Graphic Design) major, Matt is the award-winning Chief Graphic Designer for RMU Sentry Media. His design work has won first place in the Student Keystone Press Awards and 3 different categories of the SCJ Awards. He also works with RMU TV, where he designed the graphics packages for both RMU Live and Colonial Sports Center. Along with his work for RMU Sentry Media and RMU TV, he is the President of the Society for Collegiate Journalists, RMU Chapter.  

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