Employees of Shiroki North America, Incorporated on West Broad Street were evacuated as a precaution this morning (Wednesday) after filters caught fire in an air filtering system outside the building forcing smoke into the plant where workers were operating.
Central dispatch received the call at 10:27 a.m. and members of the Smithville Volunteer Fire Department quickly responded.
Fire Chief Charlie Parker says the filtering system was shut down and firefighters pulled the burning filters out of the unit and extinguished the small fire.
No one was injured.
According to Chief Parker, Shiroki North America has a secondary air filtering unit which was activated in order to keep the plant operating. Once the smoke was cleared from the building, employees returned to work.