Howell, Mich. – Firefighters responded to a fire at an auto parts plant Wednesday afternoon at approximately 5:00 p.m. in Howell. Firefighters from six Livingston County communities worked together to fight the fire at the Magna Atreum plant, which is part of Canadian automotive supplier Magna International Inc. according to the Lansing State Journal and WXYZ Action News7.
Reports indicate that the fire began near a paint booth which prompted concerns about the burning of hazardous materials, including 2 six thousand gallon tanks of chemicals, and propane tank explosions. Hazmat crews were on the scene to test the air quality. No neighborhoods had to be evacuated. Fire Officials said all of the plant’s occupants, about 200 workers, were evacuated and no injuries were reported.
Approximately 450 people are employed by the plant to produce numerous parts for GM, Ford, Chrysler, Nissan and Mazda. Firefighters continue to extinguish hot spots on Thursday after an excavator was called to remove collapsed roof sections and buried fiberglass panels. Investigators continue to sift through the heavy damage to establish the cause and determine when normal operations can continue.
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