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The Ford Engine Plant in Romeo, MI, suffered damage and ended up evacuated Friday afternoon after a fire that drew firefighters from seven local departments spread to the ventilation system.

The fire started on some machinery and spread to the ventilation system in a section of the plant nearly two hours after firefighters received the call at 1:38 p.m., said Capt. David Faulker of the Bruce-Romeo Fire Department.

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Fire crews confined the blaze to 42-inch air ducts in an area about 100 feet by 200 feet in size, Faulker said.

“We had to chase it down,” Faulker said. “It was in the duct work.”

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There were no injuries, he said.

Firefighters used fire hoses to spray water on flames from inside the plant and from the rooftop, he said. The plant’s sprinkler system also activated.

“It never made it to the roof,” he said.

He said there was “moderate smoke” inside the plant.

The fire was under control by 3:45 p.m. Faulker said he could not speculate on the cause or amount of damage. “It’s under investigation,” he said.

Ford officials were not immediately available to comment on when production would continue.

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