SWANTON: Stone elevator catches on fire

Blaze easily handled at limestone quarry

Elodie Reed

By Elodie Reed

Staff Writer

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SWANTON — Three fire departments responded to a fire at Swanton Limestone Co. Monday night.

According to Swanton Fire Department Chief Tim Girard, the call came in around 6:50 p.m. “The conveyor belt … that goes to a [crushed] stone silo – that conveyor belt was on fire,” he said by phone today.

Swanton firefighters responded, and due to Swanton Limestone’s distance away from any water source, St. Albans Town and Highgate fire department tankers were called to provide water. Once everyone was there, Girard said it was a relatively quick process to extinguish the conveyor belt.

“We put the fire out in half an hour,” he said.

No one was injured, and the conveyor received little damage, according to Girard. “They can have it up and running today,” he said.

The source of the fire has not been determined, though Girard said the motor for the conveyor belt, as well as the roller pins it runs on, were inspected.

“It may have been a bad bearing,” he said.