Fire erupts at Valeo plant

A sprinkler system is credited with quickly extinguishing a fire that erupted when an oil line on an injection mold machine malfunctioned Monday night at an auto parts maker in Seymour.

No one was injured when the fire occurred at a Valeo plant at 1234 A Ave. North, Battalion Chief John Thomas with Seymour Fire Department said Monday night.

The fire, reported at 9:10 p.m., caused an unknown amount of damage inside the factory, Thomas said.

"From what we can tell, four to six sprinkler heads contained and extinguished the fire," Thomas said.

He was unsure what caused the oil line to malfunction.

Valeo officials could not be reached for comment.

Valeo is the county's largest employer with nearly 1,750 workers, according to the Jackson County Industrial Development Corp.

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