SILO EXPLOSION

04/01/2006
BY MARK COTTERThe Salisbury (MD) Fire Department (SFD) was alerted at 0917 hours on Wednesday, December 21, 2005, for an automatic fire alarm at the Maxum Yacht plant on Naylor Mill Road. Engine 1-1 responded, staffed with Lieutenant Richard Rathel, Firefighter/EMT-B Joseph Derbyshire, and Firefighter/EMT-B Christopher Rathel, son of the officer. Both the engine and its officer were specially detailed to that station for the day.Maxum Yachts manufactures fiberglass pleasure cruisers in a 140,000-square-foot factory employing almost 200 workers. The process includes cutting wood framing and trim, laying down fiberglass and epoxy material, and painting, each of which presents distinct fire...

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