2-alarm fire at Kellogg plant in east Charlotte

Authorities said a two-alarm fire that broke out Saturday evening at a soon-to-be-closed Kellogg plant in east Charlotte started in machinery.

No serious injuries were reported in the fire, which broke out about 6:15 p.m. at the plant, in the 900 block of Louise Avenue. That is off East 10th Street near Central Avenue and Hawthorne Lane.

Firefighters reported smoking coming from the building when they arrived. A second alarm was sounded around 6:30 p.m.

Charlotte fire officials said it took a crew of 46 firefighters nearly 45 minutes to bring the blaze under control. Authorities said one person was checked at the scene for possible smoke-related problems, but Medic reported that nobody needed hospital treatment.

Employees were evacuated from the plant for about an hour. An investigation into the blaze is continuing, but authorities said it appeared to be accidental.

Michigan-based Kellogg announced this year that it was closing the plant, which at the time had more than 170 employees. Last week, the company said the shutdown would take place in four phases, starting in November and ending in January.

Plant operations will be ended in December, with some maintenance workers remaining on the job for a month.

The plant produces cookies and other snacks.

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