Fire at Caterpillar Factory in Franklin, NC

By Keith Giles, WFSC, Franklin


The Caterpillar Precision Seals factory on Industrial Park Road in Franklin had to be evacuated after a fire broke out Friday afternoon.

Around 4:30 p.m. Franklin Fire and Rescue responded to the reported structure fire and upon arrival smoke was showing and the building had been evacuated.

Franklin Fire Chief Warren Cabe said crews conducted an interior attack extinguishing a fire in a large equipment area and had the fire out within 15 minutes.

Crews then overhauled the area and the facility’s staff began cleanup operations.

No one was injured, but about $5,000 worth of damage occurred at the plant.

West Macon, Clarks Chapel, and Cullasaja Fire Departments provided assistance along with Macon County EMS.