Sunday fire in Salem leads to estimated $160K in damages at Yokohama Tire Plant

Roanoke Valley News
The Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Virginia plant in Salem has suspended production until further notice due to COVID-19. (Photo: Courtesy Bill Groak, Kovel Fuller)

(Photo: Courtesy Bill Groak, Kovel Fuller)

SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — The Yokohama Tire Plant in Salem sustained tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of damages after a fire broke out Sunday evening.

The Salem Fire and EMS Department says crews responded to a commercial structure fire at 1500 Indiana Street just before 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 19. The first units arrived at the scene within five minutes of receiving the call and discovered heavy smoke coming from the building.

According to officials, the fire was discovered in the facility’s exhaust system ductwork. Firefighters spent just under two hours to bring the blaze under control.

Since the fire was isolated to that ductwork area, no other areas of the building reportedly sustained any fire or smoke damage related to the incident.

The department says that all employees were able to evacuate safely and there are no reports of injuries resulting from the fire.

Approximately 27 personnel from the Salem Fire and EMS Department and Roanoke Fire-EMS responded to the call while members of the Roanoke County Fire and Rescue Department handled additional calls, officials say.

The Salem Fire Marshal’s Office ruled the fire as accidental, saying it was caused by a seized bearing in the exhaust system.

The department says the estimated damage to the facility is approximately $160,000.

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