COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Fire crews extinguished and early morning fire at the Kellogg plant on Victory Drive on Monday, according to Fire Marshal Rickey Shores.
The fire happened around 5:22 a.m., originating in a commercial oven on an assembly line and activated the fire alarm. The sprinkler system activated by the alarm put the fire out.
The oven was damaged and there was minor damage to the room; there was also no food on the line at the time of the fire and it appears to be accidental.
There were no injuries in the fire and there is no estimated cost of damage.
The Kellogg Company released a statement saying: "Kellogg's Columbus, Ga., plant experienced an exhaust fan fire this morning, at approximately 5:45 a.m. No one was injured, as the plant was immediately evacuated and production has been halted, while we work to determine the extent of the damage," said company spokesperson Kris Charles.
The Columbus plant is in the final phase of shutting down, and the company plans to close the plant at the end of year, already reducing the plants workforce by half. The company is also working closely with the Columbus Chamber of Commerce to sell the plant.