Maryland -- Howard County Fire Department personnel were
dispatched to respond to a 5-alarm blaze which reportedly gutted the main
industrial complex of Orion Pharmaceuticals at a rural location off Route
318 near Jessup. Authorities were unable to respond to the scene in as timely
a manner as they would have wished, since the phone and internet lines to
Orion were blown out early in or directly prior to the fire, which was most
certainly not an Act of God.
Investigators say that the entire complex has been
demolished, including basements and outbuildings, and a strange swath was cut
through the woods by something about the size of a dumptruck, though there are
no tire tracks, and the path abruptly ends with no sign of the machine that
made it. It is difficult to determine whether the blaze was chemical in
nature, as the facility contained such a large amount of varied chemicals
within that isolating the start of the fire has been impossible. It is thought
that the fire was set by outsiders rather than an industrial accident, as the
complex was strategically isolated both in communications and in
transportation (the roads having been knocked out somehow). There have been
suggestions that this was terrorist activity, but the complex is not a
government contractor nor near enough to Washington to be of much strategic
use in that regard.
Spokespersons for Orion withheld comment, and the
investigation was processed in record time, allowing the company to begin
rebuilding and recouping its losses. Orion is a privately-held corporation.
Incidentally, this is the same rural area near
several local farms which have reported a series of bizarre incidents in
recent weeks, including claims of rape, torture and violent vandalism by
ghosts, aliens or spirits of some sort. Also in the days following the fire,
several local residents have made persistent reports of having seen some kind
of large creature or monster roaming the woods, and one farmer reported
experiencing a sudden bout of cattle mutilations at the same time.