NEWTON TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – Investigators are still working to figure out how an industrial fire in Newton Township started.
Firefighters were called out to the American Molded Plastic plant on Newton Falls Bailey Road just before 4 p.m. Monday.
Smoke poured out of the building while firefighters battled the fire for over three hours.
“I was the first one on scene. Had heavy smoke coming from the eaves of the roof. At that time, we called for a second alarm and called for additional resources, including water, since we don’t have hydrants out here,” said Newton Falls Fire Chief James Williamson.
Twelve fire departments from four counties were called in to help.
Williamson says the plastic ejection molding plant suffered most of its damage inside.
“Pretty significant. A lot of damage into the attic and what they consider their storage area for records and pretty significant damage to some machinery inside,” Williamson said.
Williamson’s initial guess is that the fire started in the back of the building, but the cause is still undetermined.
“It was a deep-seated fire of getting to it in the attic,” Williamson said.
The Braceville Fire Department posted images of some of the damage inside the plant, which was significant.
Williamson said the owner estimates damages to be anywhere from $500,000 to $750,000.
No one was hurt.
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Patty Coller and Nadine Grimley contributed to this report.