Small fire extinguished quickly at Gates Rubber Corp.

Monday, December 3, 2012 | 2:17 p.m. CST; updated 5:26 p.m. CST, Monday, December 3, 2012
Columbia firefighters place fire hoses back into the firetruck outside of Gates Rubber Corp. on Lemone Industrial Boulevard on Monday afternoon. According to Battalion Chief James Weaver, the fire began in a cord dryer, a machine used in the factory process, in the middle of the building. Weaver said there was no structural damage.

This story has been updated include a damage estimate.

COLUMBIA — Firefighters contained a small fire in one of the cord dryers used in the belt-making process at the Gates Rubber Corp. in southeast Columbia on Monday afternoon.

The fire was contained to the machine and didn't damage any other structures, said Battalion Chief James Weaver of the Columbia Fire Department.

Employees of the company attempted to put out the flames with a fire extinguisher but were unable to do so, Weaver said. That's when they called the Fire Department.

Weaver said 60 to 70 people were evacuated from the building. No injuries were reported. Damage was estimated at $5,000.

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