Fire crews spent the better part of Tuesday at the scene of a silo fire at a Red Lion furniture company.

Red Lion Fire Chief Joseph Yahnke said it was a tedious task to dose the flames inside the silo containing sawdust.

"Our goal was not to do any damage to the concrete silo," he said.

Crews were dispatched to Mastercraft Furniture Co., located at 800 W. Maple St., a little after 7 a.m.

They finally cleared the scene at 5 p.m. after spending 10 hours unloading the silo, putting out the fire and looking for hot spots, Yahnke said.

When crews arrived at the fire, flames could be seen coming from a vent at the top of the 80-foot-high by 40-foot-wide silo that was about three-fourths full of sawdust, the chief said.

Hazardous: The fire was at the top of the sawdust-filled silo, and firefighters emptied it from the bottom, said Deputy Fire Chief Tim Mooney.

Fire crews attacked the fire from the top once the bulk of the sawdust was removed from the fire, forcing charred sawdust out the bottom of the silo, officials said.

As firefighters emptied out the sawdust, Mastercraft employees were piling it up for later sale, he said.

Crews could have blown water in from the top of the silo while it was nearly full, but that would have made the sawdust material so hard it would never come out, Mooney said.

There was also the risk of sawdust particles causing an explosion, Yahnke said.

Because the task took hours to complete, firefighters from five area departments were called to the scene and rotated duties with Red Lion firefighters.

The York-Adams Chapter of the American Red Cross provided refreshments to fire crews.

No one was injured during the blaze, Yahnke said.

Mooney said Mastercraft employees reported to work Tuesday, but were working in a different part of the building.

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