LIVERPOOL TWP. — Thick black smoke bellowed high into the air Tuesday afternoon, the result of a machine fire at Hy-Production.
Fire crews were called to the manufacturing facility at 6000 Grafton Road at 3:33 p.m., said Valley City Fire Chief Greg Smith.
“We were dispatched to a report of a fire in a commercial building,” Smith said. “I was actually the first unit on the scene. I found the building completely charged with smoke and fire extending out the back of the building.”
Smith said he immediately sent out a second alarm requesting more help. Crews from Brunswick Hills Township, Brunswick, Erhart/York Township, Columbia Township and Medina provided mutual aid.
The building that caught fire was determined to be a total loss, but crews saved the two nearby buildings.
There were no fatalities or injuries.
A large plume of smoke could be seen for miles surrounding the business, with drivers in the area slowing to see it, and other people commenting on social media about how far away they were but could see the smoke.
The Medina County Fire Investigation Unit and the Division of State Fire Marshal will investigate the fire because of the large amount of commercial loss, Smith said.
“Once they give us the OK, then we will start overhauling and pulling the sheet metal out of there,” he said.
A company representative was not available Tuesday night.
According to the company’s website, Hy-Production was founded in 1966. In the beginning, the company focused on the assembly and test of hydraulic valves and sub-assemblies.
The Liverpool Township facility is about 65,000 square feet and currently produces machine parts for pumps and engines.