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No injuries in flue fire at PMG Indiana

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No one was injured after a fire started in a furnace ventilation flue pipe Tuesday at a powder metallurgical plant off Indianapolis Road.

PMG Indiana, 1751 Arcadia Drive, evacuated employees at about 3:36 p.m., Columbus Fire Department spokesman Capt. Mike Wilson said.

The company employs about 400 full-time associates and 40 part-time workers.

In order to get to the burning flue pipe, Columbus firefighters used an aerial ladder truck to climb on top of the roof, Wilson said.

Assisted by plant maintenance workers, firefighters first removed the pipe cover before using thermal imaging to determine the extent of the fire,

Wilson said.

Since the intense heat would have caused water to turn to dangerous steam, the fire was extinguished using dry chemical extinguishers, Wilson said.

Built-up material in the furnace flue was the likely cause for the fire, Wilson said. The plant uses metal powders to manufacture auto parts.

Firefighters were at the plant for about two hours.

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