Norwell: Buffing machine may have been cause of blaze at cymbal factory

(Photo by Steven Dodrill,

Fire officials in Norwell say that a two-alarm fire at the Zildjian cymbal factory Thursday was likely caused by malfunction in a buffing machine used to polish the cymbals.

Norwell Fire Chief Andy Reardon says a quick response and effective mutual aid system kept damage at the factory to a minimum.

“I was very pleased with the response of the firefighters. When they arrived they had heavy fire and smoke conditions. Because of their aggressive nature, they were able to knock the fire down quickly, and thereby hold the damage to a small area of the factory,” said Reardon.

Area fire crews  responded to a fire in Norwell at 22 Longwater Drive, the address of the Zildjian cymbal factory just before 2 p.m. Thursday. The fire quickly went to a second alarm; by around 2:15 p.m. the fire was knocked down.

Engines from Hingham, Rockland and Scituate were called to the scene for mutual aid, while Hanover and Hull fire departments were requested to provide station coverage in Norwell.

(Photo by Steven Dodrill,

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