Explosion, fire in Lancaster plant injures 1

Fire mostly extinguished by staff, officials say
Explosion, fire in Lancaster plant injures 1

An employee was injured Tuesday afternoon after an explosion caused a fire in a Lancaster manufacturing plant, officials said.

Lancaster Fire Chief Steve Braun said there was an explosion that started a fire in the Bemis Performance Packaging plant at 1309 Bemis Road around 5 p.m.

The fire was mostly extinguished by the staff, and one employee suffered minor injuries, he said.

Braun said the northern parts of Lancaster felt the explosion at the plant, which prints packaging for food products and is one of the largest employers in Lancaster.

The fire did not damage the entire facility, but a portion of the plant will be shut down for damage assessment and an investigation, he said. The cause of the explosion is still under investigation.

Braun said he wanted to commend the employees for a very quick response.