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Caterpillar Fire Results in No Injuries

By Josh Mitchell

Corinth Today News Editor

No one was injured in a fire at the main Caterpillar plant on Cardinal Drive in Corinth on Thursday morning, according to Corinth Fire Chief Todd Welch.

Welch said the fire involved a machine that shaves aluminum. The aluminum can get hot and contact the filters, he said.

It was not a very large fire, but it did smoke up the plant portion of the building, Welch said. Employees exited the building, and the fire department set up fans to get the smoke out of the plant.

Caterpillar employees basically had the fire put out before the fire department arrived, Welch said. But the fire department inspected the machine further to make sure the fire was extinguished.

Deputy Fire Chief James Bryant said Caterpillar has its own fire brigade on hand to immediately respond to emergencies.

The fire was reported at about 7:30 a.m., and four Corinth fire trucks with 14 firefighters responded, Bryant added.

Firefighters were on scene about an hour.

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