According to the Kearney Volunteer Fire Department (KVFD), they found heavy black smoke when they arrived at Eaton Corporation at 4200 East Highway 30. The smoke was coming from the roof and exterior doors of the west side of facility. Employees were evacuating when fire crews arrived.
One crew found the fire and extinguished it while another gained access to the roof to ensure the fire had not extended to the roof.
Fire command verified with Eaton’s management that all employees were accounted for and had been evacuated.
Power was shut down in the impacted area along with the sprinkler system which was activated by the fire.
Two Eaton’s employees were evaluated by Good Samaritan EMS for smoke inhalation. No other injuries were reported.
The fire origin and cause are still under investigation, but the original investigation showed that the fire started in a seat grinder and spread to a mist collector. The fire was mostly contained to the area of these two machines, according to KVFD.