Columbia plant fills with smoke

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Firefighters found limited damage on Friday after a Columbia manufacturing plant fills with smoke. Gates Power Transmission Materials Center off Lemone Industrial Boulevard was evacuated, but only as a precaution.

The factory was closed for routine maintenance, so there was only a limited crew of 22 employees working. Investigators said tools caused some rubberized build-up to overheat.

Losses are estimated at less than $1,000.

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