No one hurt as fire forces 140 workers out of plant

jmonk@thestate.comMay 16, 2013 

— An early Thursday morning fire at Wabtec Global Services forced more than 140 employees to evacuate the building, the Columbia Fire Department reported.

There were no injuries, said fire department spokesman Brick Lewis.

The fire is believed to have started in a piece of machinery in the building and apparently was largely confined to that area. However, the fire produced a lot of smoke and firefighters were busy around 8 a.m. airing out the building and restoring air quality.

Wabtec is at 1222 Bluff Road, about three blocks east of Williams-Brice Stadium.

Wabtec is a national company that, according to its Internet site, provides technology and equipment to railroads. Its plants are located near rail centers, and Columbia sees a lot of train traffic from rail giants Norfolk Southern and CSX.

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