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Smoky midday fire empties Ashtabula Rubber Co.

By:  Star Beacon - Shelley Terry

ASHTABULA — A midday fire gave Ashtabula Rubber Co. employees an unplanned break outside in the sunshine.

Firefighters were called to 2751 West Ave. at 11:40 a.m., after a spark ignited in the dust-control system over a grinding machine inside the plant, firefighters said.

No one was injured.

When firefighters arrived, they saw smoke and fire coming from the rear of the building.

Three fire trucks responded to the scene.

“It’s a smoky fire,” Capt. Gerald Senger said.

Firefighters used the ladder truck to climb atop the roof, and firefighters from the other two engines ventilated the building with large fans.

After inspecting the building, the firefighters determined the fire was contained in the dust control system.

Company officials on the scene did not want to comment.

The last fire truck left the scene at 1:10 p.m., according to reports.

Since 1945, Ashtabula Rubber Co. has manufactured rubber components. The company employs about 180 people.

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