2 Pa. FFs injured battling major fire at steel plant

One firefighter was burned and another suffered smoke inhalation; 23 fire departments battled the blaze

Jonathan D. Silver
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

BEAVER COUNTY, Pa. — Two firefighters were injured Saturday as they battled a major blaze at a steel plant in Beaver County.

The fire at Sukup Steel Structures in Ambridge raged for roughly six hours before being brought under control by the combined efforts of 23 fire departments from Beaver and Allegheny counties.

One firefighter suffered smoke inhalation; the other had burn injuries and was taken to West Penn Hospital in Bloomfield, according to Ambridge fire Chief Robert Gottschalk.

The fire at the manufacturing facility on 14th Street was reported around 4:50 a.m..

Sukup is a subsidiary of Iowa-based Sukup Manufacturing Co.

“As a family-owned business, first and foremost we are relieved that no employees were injured in this fire,” the company said in a statement. “We will be communicating instructions directly with employees and assessing damage to the property.”

The plant is near the Ohio River and the border between the counties.

Sukup Steel Structures designs, engineers, and manufactures steel construction buildings.


©2020 the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


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