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Blaze does heavy damage to Selma car plant

Fire destroyed some machinery and did heavy damage to one side of a car plant in Selma Wednesday, the Selma Fire Department said .

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SELMA, N.C. — Fire destroyed machinery and caused heavy damage to one side of a car plant in Selma on Wednesday, the Selma Fire Department said.

The fire started about 9:30 p.m. at Sona BLW Precision Forge at 500 Oak Tree Drive. Authorities said it likely started in a machine. 

Crews brought the blaze under control in about 30 minutes, but the flames did an estimated $4 million in property damage to one corner of the plant. 

"There is a lot of roof damage," Selma fire chief Phillip McDaniel said. "The machinery is very expensive and we know they lost at least two machines."

About 80 people were working in the plant when the fire started, but no injuries were reported. Sona employs about 300 people.

McDaniel said the fire department trains with employees at Sona at least once a year for fire safety, and he said all of the employees inside the plant Wednesday followed the evacuation plan. 

No other information about the cause of the fire has been released.


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