As fires go, it was not much of one. Where and how it occurred is a different matter; at a company that makes fire protection systems. We have all seen them. In most cases we ignore them. They are the sprinkler heads you see overhead when you are in a restaurant or commercial business. Victaulic, a Leland company makes the sprinkler heads. Ironically, Tuesday afternoon a fire broke out in a large, industrial steel oven in the back of the Victaulic plant. The fire never spread. It was contained in the oven, and put out when Leland Fire and Rescue arrived. Leland Rescue Fire Chief, John Grimes, said, "The gaskets and fittings that are used in fire sprinkler systems. It was those gaskets and that oven that caught fire." The fire was contained in a matter of minutes. Approximately 50 employees had to evacuate the Victaulic warehouse due to the fire, but they returned to work an hour after the fire broke out. "A lot of drama for an itty bitty fire, but still necessary. They have a safety plan here and they executed it to perfection, and nobody was hurt and the damage was constricted to one oven,” said Grimes. The Brunswick County Fire Marshall’s office inspected Victaulic just last week and the company passed that inspection.
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