WAVERLY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Fire heavily damaged an auto parts factory late Tuesday afternoon just off of U.S. 23, according to the Pike County Sheriff’s Office.
It happened at Van-Rob Industries. Thick, black smoke was visible from as far as 3 miles away. Despite the seriousness of the fire, about 200 workers inside at the time managed to get out safely.
The plant, which is owned by a Canadian company, employs about 450 people. A manager said the fire started in a ventilation system and spread to the roof.
Crews from as far away as Scioto County, Ohio, helped fight the fire.