Plant workers evacuated after fire

2013-07-05T15:54:00Z 2013-07-07T00:01:23Z Plant workers evacuated after fireLUKE FEUERHERM luke.feuerherm@journaltimes.com Journal Times

YORKVILLE — No one was hurt Friday afternoon in a fire outside Poclain Hydraulics in Yorkville that burned a number of plastic pallets and damaged the side of the building.

Crews responded to the call at about 2:25 p.m. and had the fire under control about a half an hour later, according to Union Grove-Yorkville Fire Chief Tom Czerniak. The cause of the fire is unknown.

Workers at the plant, located at 1300 N. Grandview Parkway in the Grandview Business Park, were evacuated, but allowed back inside just before 4 p.m. as firefighters continued working on hot spots near the side of the building, Czerniak said.

The fire never breached the building and it was mostly plastic pallets that burned alongside the structure, with some as close as two feet, according to Czerniak. Significant damage, however, was done to the side of the building by the fire, smoke and water.

The location of the fire was not known to be frequented by employees and was called in by a passer-by, Czerniak said.

Poclain Hydraulics specializes in the design, manufacture and marketing of hydrostatic transmissions, according to the company’s website.

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