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Fire causes $2,500 in damage to Blacksburg facility

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BLACKSBURG (WSLS 10) - A fire caused $2,500 in damage to a Blacksburg industrial facility.

Authorities say the fire happened on Tuesday, at Federal-Mogul Powertrain at 300 Industrial Park Drive at about 3:29 AM.

When Blacksburg firefighters arrived, there had been a fire resulting in a dust explosion in a hopper used for collection of metal shavings. The fire was extinguished with portable fire extinguishers leaving the hopper out of service.

The fire was contained to the hopper with no damage to the building.

The facility was shut down and 124 employees were evacuated for an hour during the incident.  An investigation revealed a glob of hot metal had been pulled into the hopper causing the fire. Initial estimated damage is $2,500 and there were reported injuries.