A factory fire broke out at a manufacturing plant in North Carolina’s Burke County early on Friday morning. The Parker Industries building is the workplace of about 60 local residents. Local WSOC reporter Dave Faherty, who arrived at the scene at 4:30 a.m., states the building was completely engulfed in flames. All employees and occupants of the building had left by 11 p.m. that night and no one was inside or injured during the factory fire. Since everyone’s safety has been secured, the focus of the community has shifted to economic impact the fire will have on the community. Many families depend on the manufacturing plant for the entirety of their household income.

Parker Industries is a local metal stamping plant that has employed locals of Burke County since 1959. At the peak of the fire, there were over 50 firefighters present on the scene. While there appears to be significant damage throughout the building, the most severe damage took place in the office and quality control sections. The cause of the fire is currently unclear and will be investigated over the coming days. As of early afternoon on Friday, firefighters remained on the scene to prevent the fire from reigniting.

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NFPA report: Fire by Occupancy or Property Type (2013-2017)