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Fire Rips Through Part Of Anchor Hocking Plant In Monaca

MONACA (KDKA)- Fire crews rushed to the scene of a big fire at the Anchor Hocking glass plant in Monaca on Thursday night.

The fire started shortly after 11 p.m. at the plant located on 9th street in Monaca.

The fire was going through the roof of the plant when fire crews arrived. They were able to get the flames under control in just over an hour.

"It was a small oil leak that some hot glass contacted and it went up there," said Nate Smith, VP of Operations at Anchor Hocking.

We're waiting to hear how much damage the fire did the plant and its equipment. No injuries were reported, but around 50 employees inside the plant had to be evacuated.

"We've lost about 30 percent of our production last night," said Smith. "But we've restarted the lines and everything is back to normal now."

Back in April of 2014, Anchor Hocking's parent company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Then in May, the plant was temporarily shut down while the company tried to reorganize.

In July of 2014, a majority of workers at the plant shot down the request for a 7 percent wage cut.

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