Employee Hurt in Fire at Milling Company


BELCAMP, MD – An employee was injured in a fire at a Belcamp printing equipment company last week, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s office reported.

The fire, caused accidentally when rubber milling debris ignited, caused $5,000 in damage at Böttcher Systems, in the 4600 block of Mercedes Drive in the Riverside Business Park, according to the Fire Marshal’s Office notice of investigation.

About 30 firefighters spent 15 minutes fighting the blaze, reported at 11:54 a.m., according to the notice of investigation.

The fire was sparked by hot rubber millings igniting in the ductwork, spreading through the exhaust duct and failing to be detected by a “spark detector,” according to fire investigators.

A Böttcher Systems employee was treated at the scene for a burn to his finger after he tried to extinguish the fire, according to investigators.

Firefighters from Abingdon, Joppa-Magnolia, Aberdeen and Bel Air volunteer fire companies responded, the Fire Marshal’s Office said.