Fire at Conti’s Mount Vernon Plant
Officials have report that a fire broke out at the Continental General Tire plant in Mount Vernon, Illinois. No injuries have been reported. Fire and water damage was estimated to be more than $100,000. The fire is believed to have started when a welder working in the curing department ignited some chemicals. The resulting fireball burned through the ceiling, but was brought under control within half-an-hour. Employees were evacuated as a precaution, though plant operations resumed a short time later.