Weatherford Democrat

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September 21, 2012

One injured in fire at manufacturing facility

WEATHERFORD — One man was transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation after an oven at Jamak exploded, officials reported.

Firefighters from all four Weatherford stations responded to the fire alarm call in the 1400 block of North Bowie Drive shortly before noon and quickly extinguished the fire.

Weatherford Fire Marshal Bob Hopkins said they were looking into the possibility that a vent fan malfunctioned, allowing pressure to build up in the oven and leading to the explosion and fire.

A man reportedly suffered smoke inhalation while attempting to fight the fire with an extinguisher.

Industrial accidents at manufacturers using heat are common, Hopkins said, though it’s been several years since the fire department responded to a similar incident at Jamak.

In this case, safety measures, including the sprinkler system, worked the way they were supposed to and the fire never got out of control, according to Hopkins.

Moderate smoke was showing from the back side of the building when they got on scene, according to Hopkins.

The business had already been evacuated and everyone accounted for by the time the fire department arrived so they didn’t have to go looking for anyone, Hopkins said.

Firefighters pulled the product that was on fire from the oven and, between the sprinklers and water from their hoses, were able to put it out in minutes.

Fire damage was contained to the oven and most of the smoke vented from the door so smoke damage was minimal, Hopkins said.

Hopkins said Jamak may have one of the best safety programs in the city.

Weatherford Police Sgt. Wendy Field said police notified a nearby business and kept everybody back from the scene as firefighters worked.

Employees were allowed back into an area of the building around 1 p.m.  

Officers were parked on either end of the road, controlling traffic in front of the business, as well.

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