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No injuries, no structural damage following fire at AKG

Mitchell firefighters and police responded to a fire at a Mitchell manufacturing company Tuesday night after a bearing burned out in a heater. AKG employees were evacuated at approximately 8:30 p.m. when a fire was reported at the Mitchell plant,...

The Mitchell Fire Department responds to a fire at AKG North American Operations in Mitchell on Tuesday night while employees were forced to wait outside. (Matt Gade / Republic)
The Mitchell Fire Department responds to a fire at AKG North American Operations in Mitchell on Tuesday night while employees were forced to wait outside. (Matt Gade / Republic)
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Mitchell firefighters and police responded to a fire at a Mitchell manufacturing company Tuesday night after a bearing burned out in a heater.

AKG employees were evacuated at approximately 8:30 p.m. when a fire was reported at the Mitchell plant, according to Mitchell Battalion Chief Steve Nedved. The fire extinguished itself "fairly quickly," he said, and explained damage was contained to the exhaust unit. There was no structural damage to the building.

The company, located at 925 Quince St., south of Interstate 90, makes radiators and other coolers for more than 70 companies, including Caterpillar, John Deere, Case New Holland and Cummins. With 149 employees, AKG is one of the largest employers in Mitchell.

An AKG supervisor on scene, who declined to give his name, said employees were given the OK to re-enter the building at approximately 9:10 p.m. There were no injuries reported and crews had left the scene at 9:30 p.m.

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Employees with AKG North American Operations in Mitchell stand in the parking lot while the Mitchell Fire Department responds to a fire at the facility on Tuesday night. (Matt Gade / Republic)
Employees with AKG North American Operations in Mitchell stand in the parking lot while the Mitchell Fire Department responds to a fire at the facility on Tuesday night. (Matt Gade / Republic)

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