Flue Catches Fire at Van Buren Buisness

Posted on: 1:31 am, December 17, 2013, by and , updated on: 11:51am, December 17, 2013

An early morning fire broke out at Bekaert Corporation in Van Buren, according to Crawford County dispatchers.

The fire started around 1 a.m. Tuesday morning (Dec. 17), after a flue caught fire, according to authorities. Stanley Clark with the Van Buren Fire Department said a flue is like a ventilation system which releases heat created by the machines.

Clark said when he arrived on scene, the fire had spread to the roof of the plant and a 50 foot by 75 foot area was damaged.

Dispatchers told 5NEWS that all workers who were inside the building were able to make it out safely, and that no injuries were reported. Employees on site said they had to wait in the cafeteria and outside the front of the building while firefighters worked to get the fire under control.

Clark said his department visits the Bekaert plant at least once a year to prepare for fires because there are several machines that could be damaged if they get wet.

5NEWS reached out to Bekaert Corporation, but a spokesman said they had no comment about the incident.

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