Fire breaks out at Kellogg cookie plant

by Max Sosland
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A fire broke out in an oven at a Kellogg Co. cookie plant in Charlotte during a routine maintenance inspection on Sept. 6. Firefighters responded to the fire at around 6:30 p.m. E.S.T. on Sept. 6. The plant was evacuated.

After the first crew of firefighters arrived at the facility, Captain Jackie Gilmore of the Charlotte Fire Department said they found smoke and flames spreading to the roof, prompting a call for a second crew. The second group of firefighters arrived and contained the outburst in 42 minutes.

Investigators are looking into what sparked the fire but do not think foul play was involved.

“No injuries have been reported,” said Kris Charles, Kellogg Co. spokesperson. “The damage is being assessed and operations will resume as soon as possible.”

On Sept. 2, Kellogg said it would begin layoffs at the Charlotte bakery in November as it edges closer to shutting down the operation. The company is expected to lay off 161 employees in four phases ending in January, according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) filed with the N.C. Department of Commerce.

Kellogg first announced its intent to close the Charlotte plant in February. The plant produces Famous Amos, Austin Sandwich Cremes and Iced Animals cookies.
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