Fire damages heater at NTN Driveshaft

An overhead heater caught fire at NTN Driveshaft last night, but workers extinguished the fire quickly with a fire extinguisher and by cutting off the gas supply.

Capt. Mike Wilson, spokesman for the Columbus Fire Department, says that the call came in at about 6:20 last night from the Walesboro factory.

Witnesses said that flames were shooting out of the heating unit. The fire was out when firefighters arrived.  Investigators discovered that the gas line had somehow come disconnected from the heater, causing the fire, Wilson said.

The fire caused only cosmetic damage to the heating unit and no damage to the building and no one was injured. Wilson said that plant operations weren’t disrupted by the blaze.