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Updated 2:27 a.m.

GREENSBORO — The state is investigating after a High Point man died from injuries suffered in a Greensboro industrial fire.

Timothy Craig McMaster, 48, of 1711 Lazy Lane, died Tuesday at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, where paramedics took him after a March 27 fire involving chemicals at Sherwin-Williams paint plant, police said.

The N.C. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Division, which investigates all fatal industrial accidents in the state, confirmed the death. The results of the agency’s investigation into last week’s blaze are expected in several months, spokeswoman Dolores Quesenberry said Thursday.

McMaster was in a workroom at the Sherwin-Williams plant in Greensboro when the fire ignited, according to the Greensboro Fire Department.

Firefighters responded at 2:09 p.m., investigators said. In about 10 minutes, they extinguished the blaze at the plant at 113 Stage Coach Trail, firefighters said. No other injuries were reported.

“It was very quick and very intense,” Fire Chief Greg Grayson said. “In this particular case, it was some sort of flash fire.”

It’s the city’s first fire-related fatality of the year, Grayson said.

The N.C. Department of Labor website shows that on Feb. 17, 2011, the agency cited the Sherwin-Williams plant for a violation of its standards for flammable and combustible liquids. The company paid a $2,750 fine in that case.


Updated 6:05 p.m.

GREENSBORO – Police identified the man who died Tuesday of injuries suffered in a Greensboro industrial accident.

Timothy Craig McMaster, 48, of 1711 Lazy Lane in High Point, suffered critical injuries in a flash fire involving chemicals on March 27.


Posted 5:09 p.m.

GREENSBORO – The victim of a fire that happened at the Sherwin-Williams plant in Greensboro last week has died, officials said.

The man was seriously hurt in a flash fire on March 27, Chief Greg Grayson said.

An ambulance took the man to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and he died on Tuesday. 

The N.C. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Division confirmed the death. The agency is investigating the incident, spokeswoman Dolores Quesenberry said.

N.C. Department of Labor website shows that on Feb. 17, 2011 the agency cited the Sherwin-Williams plant for a violation of its standards for flammable and combustible liquids. The company paid a $2,750 fine in that case.

Tuesday's death marks the city’s first fire-related fatality of the year, Grayson said.

Firefighters responded at 2:09 p.m. March 27 to the fire, which involved chemicals, investigators said. They quickly extinguished the blaze at the plant at 113 Stage Coach Trail, firefighters said. No other injuries were reported.

“It was very quick and very intense,” Grayson said. “In this particular case, it was some sort of flash fire.”

Contact Joe Gamm at (336) 373-7090, and follow @joegammNR on Twitter.

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