FRANKLIN, Ohio - It took hours for Warren County firefighters to get control ofan early Thursday morning fire that caused heavy damage to a100-year-old factory in Franklin.
The Franklin Fire Department expects to be back on Oxford Roadlater Thursday to continue the investigation into the fire thatcaused the collapse of part of the roof at the Cast Plus factory.
For a time, the fire lit up the sky over Franklin, since CastPlus sits just across the Great Miami River from this city'sdowntown area.
Franklin Fire Chief Jonathan Westendorf says the fire appears tohave broken out in a painting area inside the century-old factorybuilding around 1:30 a.m.
Westendorf says the fire spread upwards through the single-storybuilding to the roof of the factory. The flames caused part of theroof to collapse under heavy heating and air conditioningequipment.
Westendorf describes the blaze as a typical structure fire,but he says the age of the building and multiple remodelings andadditions added to the difficulty in bringing the fire undercontrol.
One male worker, one female worker and two dogs inside thefactory were able to safely escape.
Cast Plus recently stopped running a third shift at thefactory, which left only a handful of people working into the earlymorning hours.
The firm makes powder coatings for various products includingtruck parts for Ford, General Motors, Peterbilt and Kenworth.
There's no word yet on whether operations at Cast Plus will beable to continue in parts of the factory building not affected bythe Thursday morning fire.
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