3 hurt in Michigan automotive factory fire

Three people were hurt today during a fire at an auto manufacturing factory in Roseville.

One unidentified employee was taken to a hospital in Warren with non-life threatening injuries after the two-alarm blaze, which was reported about 11:40 a.m., Interim Fire Chief Michael Holland said. He said two others were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.

Holland said the fire at Sodecia, 15260 Common, was in a pit and the initial investigation indicates it was started by a welder in the oil-soaked pit area. The oil caught fire, Holland said.

Initial reports were that a man was trapped in a pit that was on fire. The person escaped out the back side of the underground pit, Holland said. He said 55-gallon drums with oil, grease and other hazardous materials also caught fire.

Holland said 6-7% of the one-story, warehouse-style building was damaged and that damage was was estimated at about $500,000. The factory is a production facility for General Motors, Holland said. Crews were trying to clean up the site in an effort to open back up tomorrow.

Holland said some of the material got into the storm drains but was stopped a street over with three yards of sand.

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