All Employees Escaped Safe After Massive Fire at Outdoor Furniture Manufacturer in Schuylkill County | Poconos and coal region


RUSH TWP., Pa. – Crews put out a major fire on Wednesday at an outdoor furniture manufacturer in Rush Township, Schuylkill County.






Crews respond to a fire in Highwood USA in Schuylkill County.




Emergency communications officials said the call arrived at 9:25 a.m. for a fire at the Highwood USA facilities at 87 Tide Road in the TIDE Industrial Park in Hometown. The company manufactures synthetic outdoor furniture.

The fire started when a pallet and wood caught fire and then spread through the building, officials said.

Teams from Schuylkill and Carbon counties fought the blaze and used foam to smother the flames that burned the plastic.

Rose Smith also heard loud booms coming from inside the building.

“We were worried about where he was and if anyone had been injured,” she said.

The blaze also endangered several propane tanks, according to Schuylkill County officials.

Throughout the morning and afternoon, black smoke billowed from the building.

No injuries were reported, but Lisa and Ralph Virno were inside one of the many car bombs for hours as crews battled the blaze.

“There was no way for us they took the hose and pulled it around the car. It’s a dead end so we’re just stuck,” Lisa said.

Firefighters did not say exactly how the blaze started or the extent of the damage.

The Highwood owner declined to comment, but said all of the employees were out unharmed.


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