Fire at GM Lordstown sends 4 to hospital

Staff report


Four people were taken to the hospital Friday night suffering from smoke inhalation after a fire at the General Motors Assembly plant.

Fire Chief Travis Eastham said the plant is closed for the holiday, but maintenance workers were working inside. Those transported to the hospital were three GM employees and one outside contractor, the chief said.

He estimated the damage at $10,000.

Eastham said the fire was in the car start area of the assembly plant. Oil in a grating area caught fire when workers were welding in the area. The blaze was contained to a small area.

Village crews got the call of a structure fire at the plant about 8:50 p.m. and called Jackson Township Fire Department for backup.

The Jackson units cleared about an hour later, and village crews cleared about an hour after that.

Tom Mock, GM Lords-town spokesman, couldn’t be reached Friday night.

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