GM Lordstown resumes work Sunday night after Friday fire

Staff report


Production at the General Motors complex here will resume Sunday night after a fire in the chassis department.

About $10,000 worth of damage was caused during the blaze, which erupted at about 8:50 p.m. Friday, said village Fire Chief Travis Eastham.

The fire started as a result of welding work done by contractors, said Tom Mock, Lordstown GM spokesman.

Oil in a grating area caught fire when workers were welding there, Eastham said. The fire was contained to that area.

The plant was closed for the holidays.

Four people — three GM employees and one outside contractor — were treated for smoke inhalation at area hospitals.

As of today, three were released, one remains hospitalized for observation, Mock said.

Production at GM remains scheduled for all three shifts on Monday, and the third-shift reporting at its regular time Sunday night, Mock said.

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