At approximately 12:30 Friday afternoon (June 20), Hickory Firefighters responded to a machinery fire in the area of 820 8th Street Lane N.W. The first Hickory Fire Department engine arrived on the scene and reported that an asphalt-paving machine was burning. Hickory Firefighters responded with two engines, one ladder truck and 2 command units.
Firefighters worked to contain the fire and cool a propane tank on the machine. The fire was confined to the machinery, but a fluid leak did occur. Firefighters then worked to contain the leak by using sand and absorbent.
No injuries were reported and damages were confined to the machinery. The cause of the fire was determined to be electrical.
Catawba County Emergency Management also responded and a local environmental service company was contacted for clean up. In addition, Catawba County Emergency Management and the Hickory Police Department responded to the scene.