By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
A fire at the F & P Georgia plant off of Industrial Blvd Thursday afternoon saw employees evacuated as crews worked to put it out.
According to plant manager Alan Guyatt, a spark from the welding process started a blaze in one of the air ducts around 11:45am. As per protocol, the automotive parts manufacturer evacuated to the parking-lot as the Rome City Fire Department battled the fire, which was quickly contained.
Though there was little to no damage caused directly by the blaze, water cleanup from city crews compelled officials to shut operations down temporarily. Guyatt estimates 2-3 hours of production time was lost in all.