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New Kensington manufacturer suffers second fire this year

Emily Balser
| Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, 1:09 p.m.
The H.R. Curry Company Inc. plant along Industrial Boulevard in New Kensington was damaged by an early morning fire on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017.
Matt Provenzo | Tribune-Review
The H.R. Curry Company Inc. plant along Industrial Boulevard in New Kensington was damaged by an early morning fire on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017.
The H.R. Curry Company Inc. plant along Industrial Boulevard in New Kensington was damaged by fire for a second time this year on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017.
Matt Provenzo | Tribune-Review
The H.R. Curry Company Inc. plant along Industrial Boulevard in New Kensington was damaged by fire for a second time this year on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017.

A New Kensington manufacturing facility caught fire for the second time in four months.

All five New Kensington fire companies responded to the fire that was reported about 4:45 a.m. Saturday at the H.R. Curry Company Inc. facility at 801 Industrial Blvd.

No one was injured and firefighters had the fire under control in about half an hour, New Kensington First Assistant Fire Chief Ed Saliba Jr. said.

“There was more smoke than anything — damage was minimal,” Saliba said.

He said the fire was contained to one small 6-foot square section of a room in the facility.

The same building caught fire in June , but Saliba said the two are not related and neither is considered to be suspicious.

According to the company's website, H.R. Curry specializes in specialty refractory materials and manufacturing precast shapes.

“They were doing some work Friday afternoon there, but I don't know if that had anything to do with it,” Saliba said.

Although the fire is considered to be accidental, the state police fire marshal will investigate the cause.

“I'll meet with the fire marshal Monday morning,” Saliba said.

Emily Balser is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-226-4680, emilybalser@tribweb.com or via Twitter @emilybalser.

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