Fire burns roof of copper plant in Stokes County

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PINE HALL, N.C. — Authorities say a fire broke out early Wednesday morning at a copper plant in Stokes County.

Stokes County Fire Marshal Frank Burcham says the blaze was reported between 3:30 and 4 a.m. at Kobe Wieland Copper Products, located at 3990 U.S. Highway 311 in Pine Hall.

According to Burcham, the fire started when a machine that melts copper set fire to the roof of the building.  Embers from the machine got into the roof system, which contained some wood elements, he said.

Burcham says the estimate cost of damage to the roof is $10,000. A contractor is already working on the repairs, he added.

The plant was operation as of 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Burcham said.

The workers who were in the plant at the time were evacuated or moved to the opposite end of the facility, Burcham said.

No injuries were reported.

No other details were available.