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Fire forces workers out of Oregon factory

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OREGON, Ohio -

A factory fire in Oregon forced nearly 100 employees out to an emergency safe zone Saturday morning. 

"We came here with the report of smoke in the building and fire upon our arrival," said Assistant Fire Chief Bryan Csehi. 

Autoneum is an international company specializing in thermal and sound proof insulation. 

This Oregon plant makes vehicle insulation, mainly used for Ford F-150 trucks. 

Employees say the material used to make the insulation is what caught on fire. It's made of reused and reprocessed clothing.

"We had heavy smoke and fire in the southwest corner of the building. Our crews made an initial attack we're still in fire operation now," Csehi said.

Oregon fire said three of the machines that make the insulation caught fire.

"It's part of a processing line - it's attached to the line," Csehi. "The machines themselves are probably about 20 fee by 30 feet."

 Some employees said small fires tend to be common. Workers are trained in how to put them out -- this time the fire was out of their control. 

"Their fire suppression system they have was actually initiated at the start of the fire to keep it in check until we get here and can knock it down the rest of the way," the Asst. Chief said. 

Oregon Fire said there were no injuries and that all three of the machines that caught fire will have to be removed. 

The plant did not offer information about how this fire could affect business.

 

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