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Ply Gem fire not affecting production at Rocky Mount plant

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

A fire in the office complex at Ply Gem in Rocky Mount Sunday night is not expected to impact production at the window manufacturing plant.

"Many of our office personnel are working in other offices in the facility, but we don't believe production or any shifts inside the plant will be affected," said Chris Pickering, vice president of marketing.

The fire that started in the office complex at the front of the facility on North Main Street was contained to the office area, according to Rocky Mount Fire Chief Charlie Robertson.

An employee reported the fire about 10 p.m., Robertson said. Firefighters were able to get the blaze under control within an hour, preventing the fire from reaching the manufacturing plant.

"We are thankful the fire wasn't any worse than it was because Ply Gem is an important employer here in the county," Robertson said.

A damage estimate is not available at this time, but Robertson said the office complex sustained significant fire, smoke and water damage.

The origin and cause of the fire will be determined during the investigation, Robertson added.

Volunteers from Rocky Mount, Boones Mill, Glade Hill, and Ferrum fire departments extinguished the fire within four hours. Members of the Franklin County Rescue Squad also responded to the call.

"All the fire departments worked together well in a coordinated effort," Robertson said. "I am proud of the job we did."

No injuries were reported, as the building was closed for the night.

 
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