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April 16. 2013 12:12PM

Fire damages equipment at Newfields automotive plant

NEWFIELDS - Fire officials are investigating the cause of a three-alarm fire that damaged equipment inside Hutchinson Automotive Systems early Tuesday morning.

The fire broke out around 1:30 a.m. inside an oven and worked its way through the vent system and into an air scrubber, Fire Chief Jeff Buxton said.

Damage was confined to the equipment inside the facility at 171 Exeter Road, Buxton said.

The cause of the fire hasn't been determined, but Buxton said it's not suspicious. Firefighters from as many as 12 towns responded to the fire due to the building's large size and the potential for injury, Buxton said.

Firefighters left the scene by 4 a.m.

A Hutchinson Automotive employee who answered the phone said the company does not speak to the media.


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