A two-alarm fire at Freightlinerâ€™s truck manufacturing plant in Mount Holly temporarily shut down operations Thursday.
The 3:25 a.m. fire in the plantâ€™s paint filtration system on the roof of the plant took more than an hour to get out in part because of its location inside a metal structure, said Mount Holly Fire and Rescue Chief Dale Oplinger.
â€œIt was so hot in there they have to cut a hole in there to ventilate it just so we could get in there,â€ Oplinger said.
Freightliner workers will investigate the root cause of the fire, said Dave Giroux, a spokesman for Freightlinerâ€™s parent company Daimler Trucks North America.
Oplinger estimated the fire caused between $5,000 and $10,000 in property damage, but that does not count lost work time.
Nobody was hurt although one Mount Holly firefighter did suffer a steam burn that did not require medical attention.
About forty firefighters responded to the blaze. Other fire departments assisting included East Gaston, Lucia-Riverbend, Charlotte, Community, New Hope and Gaston Emergency Medical Services.
â€œIt was a substantial fire for Freightliner because they had to shut down their operations,â€ Oplinger said.
Firefighters were on the scene for more than three hours.
â€œThe guys did a great job for minimal â€“ comparatively speaking â€“ damage,â€ Oplinger said. â€œIâ€™m proud of them.â€
The third shift was unable to return to work Thursday, but the first shift was able to work, Oplinger said.
Freightliner employs about 1,500 workers at its Mount Holly plant.