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Two alarm fire at GE plant in Evendale collapses building

Evendale GE Plant Fire (Source: FOX19 NewsNation Gloria Stover) Evendale GE Plant Fire (Source: FOX19 NewsNation Gloria Stover)
Evendale GE Plant Fire (Source: FOX19 NewsNation Gloria Stover) Evendale GE Plant Fire (Source: FOX19 NewsNation Gloria Stover)
EVENDALE, OH (FOX19) -

EVENDALE, OH (FOX19) - An explosion Monday evening at the GE plant has caused thousands of dollars in damage to one of the plant's north buildings.

Officials say employees heard a loud boom and saw the roof of the building fully engulfed in flames. No one was injured in the fire.

"The roof was involved in flames to a small degree," said Chief Richard Cruse with the Evendale Fire Department. "We put up some ladder pipes and knocked out that fire immediately."

Fire officials say the steel structure building, surrounded by concrete is used to test component engines. Officials say the building is still structurally sound, however did sustain some damage from the explosion.

"Part of the wall was blown off," said Cruse. "You can see two sides of the building were blown out."

Fire officials say no one was in the building at the time of the incident and there were no injuries.

"There was an emergency called and at that point everyone in the neighboring buildings were directed to get their way out," said Rick Kennedy, spokesman for GE Aviation.  

In fact, fire officials say GE has a very sophisticated safety plan that includes a full time fire department at the plant. Also neighboring fire departments are familiar with the plant.

"Monthly we go through these buildings and we bring in the surrounding departments to go through the buildings as well," said Cruse..  

The cause of the explosion is still under investigation. Nearly 60 firefighters from nine different departments helped at the scene.  

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