Fire damages machines

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By Bryan Marshall

Two machines caught fire Nov. 23 at a Williamstown automotive parts manufacturer.

The Dry Ridge Fire Department responded shortly after 8 a.m. to Gotec Plus Sun on Industrial Road in Williamstown after furnace filters ignited inside a machine outside of the factory, according to Assistant Chief Jeff Nantz.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire, which was contained inside the machine, within 10 minutes of arriving.

However, fire also was discovered in part of the duct work on the roof as well.

“We were able to use our thermal imaging camera to determine the hottest point,” Nantz said. “That’s where we opened (the duct work) up and extinguished the fire. We were on the roof for about 30 minutes.”

As the department, which was joined by a ladder truck and two firefighters from Williamstown, prepared to leave, they were alerted that a second machine inside the building was on fire.

Nantz said that there was “zero visibility” when battling the fire in the second machine.

The factory’s exhaust system was able to draw the smoke out of the building after the fire was extinguished.

Nantz said that the factory was production was stopped for about three hours.

Investigators later learned that the machine inside the plant, which was connected through the duct work to the machine that caught fire outside of the building, was where the fire originated.

This was the second time in November that the DRFD responded to a fire at a Grant County factory.

The department, along with WFD, helped extinguish an exterior fire Nov. 8 at automobile parts manufacturer Dana.

“This is the second large commercial building we’ve had with fires in the past month or so,” Nantz said. “The last time we were fortunate to have enough man power because we were having a mandatory meeting so all employees were at the station. This time, we were fortunate because we had two shifts because we were having a shift change getting ready to happen. If this would have been 11 a.m. instead of 8 a.m., it could have been totally different. We would have probably had to have a lot of fire departments even outside of Grant County because of the size of it.”