Arson Ruled in Second Fire at Derry Twp. Plant

By Paterra, Paul | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, September 22, 2007 | Go to article overview

Arson Ruled in Second Fire at Derry Twp. Plant


Paterra, Paul, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Six weeks after it was leveled by a raging blaze, a Derry Township company had a small fire at its temporary location early Friday morning.

The owner of the Keystone Foam Corp. said yesterday's fire was ruled an arson.

"It makes me sick," said Jerry Quinn. "Why would anybody want to jeopardize other people's lives? Does somebody hate me that much? Whatever the reason, it's not a good one."

Firefighters were called to the 90,000-square-foot facility shortly after 5 a.m. None of the fire companies had to use hoses to extinguish the blaze in a storage area at 118 Imaging Lane.

"There were no flames when the fire departments arrived," Quinn said. "The sprinkler system knocked it down completely. It's an isolated system, so it just went where the fire was. There's some smoke damage and some water damage."

No one was injured. Quinn said there were 10 employees -- all working on the midnight shift -- at the plant at the time.

Normal operations at the plant, where fabricated foam rubber is cut and assembled, resumed about noon yesterday.

Keystone Foam has been in operation since 1983. On Aug. 2, fire gutted the company's Derry Township's plant on Route 982.

In just a matter of minutes that morning, the 160,000-square- foot plant was consumed. …

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