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Busy five days for Chester fire department

House a total loss; porch, cereal plant damaged

  • Chester firefighters pack up their equipment after a porch fire on Henry Street Sunday.

    Chester firefighters pack up their equipment after a porch fire on Henry Street Sunday.
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Herald Tribune report
updated: 1/25/2022 4:23 PM

The Chester Fire Department has been busy this week, responding to three calls in five days, including a house on Washington Boulevard that was a total loss. There were no injuries in any of the fires.

According to Chief Marty Bert, firefighters were called to the 0-100 block of Washington Boulevard in the early morning of Thursday, Jan. 20, for a fire in the upper level of the home.

Bert said the cause is still under investigation, though it could possibly be related to a space heater.

On Sunday, Jan. 23, firefighters were called to the 1100 block of Henry Street for a porch fire at 2:23 p.m.

According to Bert, two juveniles were playing with a candle, caught a piece of paper on fire and then threw it out the window, where it landed on the porch and ignited, causing significant damage.

The third call came at 9:23 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24, from the Gilster-Mary Lee cereal plant on Industrial Drive.

According to Bert and company President Tom Welge, some cereal caught on fire inside an oven. When the hot cereal came out the back of the oven into a plastic bin, the fire increased.

All employees were evacuated; there were no injuries.

Both the oven and plastic bin were damaged, and the plant sustained water and smoke damage.