UPDATES: Local asphalt plant shut down after baghouse blows up, no one injured

Published: Apr. 2, 2019 at 11:58 AM EDT
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UPDATE 4/2/19 3:07PM

Officials say the fire has been extinguished.

They say the company now has to rebuild. It is unclear when the plant will reopen.

UPDATE 4/2/19 12:12PM

Workers tell 5 News that the fire began when the plant's baghouse blew up after overheating.

Some metal reportedly flew around the plant when the incident occurred, but no injuries are reported.

The plant has been shut down and is expected to remain that way for a while.

Nutter Fort, Bridgeport, and Shinnston Fire are on the scene.


Emergency crews are responding to a reported fire at the J.F. Allen asphalt plant on Saltwell Road in Bridgeport.

According to officials, smoke was seen coming from the building. The severity of the fire is currently unknown.

5 News has a reporter on the way to the scene.

Stay with 5 News for the latest on this developing story.

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