Authorities say two people suffered minor injuries after a fire at a tire plant in Wilson.
Officials with Bridgestone Americas said the fire broke out in the mixing department of its Wilson plant around 2:40 p.m. Saturday.
Workers at the plant started fighting the blaze until firefighters arrived.
The company says one of its employees and an emergency worker suffered minor injuries and were treated and released from the hospital.
Bridgestone Americas officials say damage was confined to the mixing area and they hope to determine the cause of the fire and begin repairs soon. Work in the rest of the plant was able to continue.
Workers were evacuated as more than 70 firefighters and emergency personnel responded to a fire at a Wilson tire plant.
Rodney Dancy with the Wilson County Emergency Management told The Wilson Times that several employees at the Bridgestone-Firestone plant were treated for smoke inhalation and taken to a local hospital Saturday.
Dancy said additional fire departments were called in to fight the fire, which started at the plant around 2:45 p.m.