Four workers suffer smoke inhalation following a Jacksonville factory fire.
On Saturday, the Jacksonville Fire Department tells 9 On Your Side the Stanadyne Plant on White Street caught fire around 4:30.pm Fire official says the fire started in the back of the building in a cleaning room. Workers were attempting to replace a piece of equipment when it malfunctioned and caught on fire. Fire officials say the part the workers were trying to replace was the same part that caused a malfunction earlier this month. Officials say this factory has caught fire more than 10 times this month.
Fire officials say four workers suffered smoke inhalation as result of the fire. They were treated and cleared at the scene.
9 On Your Side talked to the plant manager, Bart Brashear who says a supplier was installing a fire suppression system when debris fell into a piece of equipment. Unfortunately, the debris went unnoticed and when the system was started back up, it created a flash fire inside the machine.
As for all the incidents, Brashear says most of them were mostly smoke, except for this latest one.
"[We] have had several confined and controlled issues with the original vacuums systems. Our first priority at the facility and within Stanadyne is to insure the safety, security, and well being of our associates,” said Brashear
Brashear says the supplier was putting in a system to prevent more fires, when the latest fire happened.
Brashear says while this piece of equipment has been an issue, he says in the last year there have been no accidents that have caused workers to lost time at work. Brashear says that is an improvement from the previous year, where there had been 11 lost time accidents.
Fire officials say the fire caused an estimated $100,000 in equipment damage.
Jacksonville Fire assisted the Pumpkin Center Volunteer Fire Department with this latest fire.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Despite the fire, the plant manager the business is operating normally.