Dougherty County, GA (WALB) – Production at Thrush Aircraft was stopped for a short time Tuesday when a metal fire started in one of their machines.
Employees used fire extinguishers to put out the flames, but still called firefighters to help. The fire started in the manufacturing hanger and was isolated to one machine.
Metal shavings in the machine that uses a laser to cut aluminum ignited and caught the machine on fire. Firefighters say they couldn't use water to douse the flames and eventually had to dismantle the machinery.
"Even though you have the flames knocked out you still have high heat with smoldering type fire and it's in hidden areas or confined areas of the machinery and you have to disassemble parts of the machinery to get to wherever you have the hot spots," said AFD Assistant Chief Alan Cravey.
Thrush Aircraft had mechanics working on the piece of equipment this morning. Production resumed this afternoon.