Fire destroys large industrial company’s building in Burke County, caused by electrical issue

Updated: Nov. 1, 2019 at 10:04 AM EDT
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BURKE COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - A large employer in Burke County lost its industrial building overnight on Friday morning in a fire caused by an electrical issue.

Parker Industries, a metal parts company that employs 60 people from around the community, was destroyed by a fire that began at around 3:30 a.m. and looked to likely continue burning under the debris throughout the day.

Employees at the company are fortunately all safe and had left by 11:00 p.m. on Thursday evening.

Burke County Fire Marshal Mike Willis said the fire was the result of an electrical issue on one of the machines in the building.

Willis says damage to the structure and contents is expected be in the millions, as there was a 75 percent loss to the business.

No further information was released.

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