NEWARK, Ohio - Work was halted briefly yesterday at one of Licking County's largest employers after an early-morning fire that smoldered inside a roof for hours.
NEWARK, Ohio — Work was halted briefly yesterday at one of Licking County’s largest employers after an early-morning fire that smoldered inside a roof for hours.
No one was injured at the Owens Corning pipe-molding plant in Newark, which resumed most of its operations just after noon.
Newark Fire Capt. Doug Vermaaten said the fire started overnight in one of the plant’s heat-vent stacks. A carbon-dioxide extinguisher wasn’t fully effective, and foam insulation beneath the rubber roof burned all night, he said.
Firefighters from Newark and nearby departments were called in just after 7:30 a.m. Tethered to the roof, they cut out a 200-square-foot chunk using only pocket knives and hand tools, Vermaaten said.
Damage estimates were still being totaled. About 50 people work in the pipe-molding plant, one of several facilities at the 550-employee Owens Corning site, spokesman Chuck Hartlage said. The fire wasn’t expected to affect deliveries to customers.