Lighting Plant Fire Forces Evac

Friday, November 13, 2015 @ 03:11 PM gHale

A machine fire prompted the evacuation of workers at the Swarovski Lighting Ltd., Plattsburgh, NY, plant in the Air Industrial Park Wednesday.

The fire started inside a blower unit that exhausts metal filings out of a sanding and grinding booth on the building’s first floor, said Morrisonville Fire Chief Kevin Randall.

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The Morrisonville Fire Department was the first one dispatched as crews rolled out from other departments soon after.

Though damage to the machine is at $45,000, Randall said the fire’s impact on the loss of business will no doubt be much greater, possibly amounting to hundreds of thousands of dollars per day.

“It’s everything for Swarovski,” Randall said. “The offices upstairs are just as important as production areas.”

He said the building has insurance, but the extent of the loss will most likely end up assessed in the coming days.

The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Swarovski Lighting is a lighting-fixture manufacturer founded in 1989. It has 400 full-time employees and generates an estimated $30.9 million in annual revenue.