Fire Closes Lowville's AMF Bowling Through This Week

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Bowling pin maker Qubica AMF in Lowville is closed after fire broke out at the plant Wednesday afternoon. 

The fire started around 3:30 p.m. when a spark from a blade flew into the dust collection system inside the factory. It then spread to a nearby silo.

"It's on fire and the only way to get it out of there is to flush it out with water," Lowville fire chief Tim Bush said.

That's what Lowville fire crews spent Wednesday evening doing. The plant will be closed for the rest of the week and isn't expected to reopen until Monday or Tuesday.

"With a situation like this, you have to make sure there's no other fires within the dust collection system," plant general manager Wayne White said, "and there's some cleanup to do."

"I think all of the fire danger inside is okay, but there's more water damage inside and we had to take some of their piping down from their dust collection system," Bush said, "so they've got some repairs before they can go back up."

Since the plant runs four-day workweeks, it's possible workers only miss one day. As for Thursday, 85 workers are being told to stay home.

There were no injuries.

Thursday, April 24, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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