PENDLETON- A fire in a venting system at Lippert Components Thursday caused some minor damages and evacuated employees. No one was hurt.

The Pendleton Fire Department was called out to the RV chassis manufacturing company at 3700 N.W. Westgate Drive, just before 3 p.m. when employees reported a fire in the venting system of a paint booth, Capt. Bill Gilliland said.

He said the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Pendleton Fire, which brought out two engines, initially called upon the Umatilla Tribal Fire Department for mutual aid with its aerial unit to assist with getting up onto Lippert's roof, but Gilliland said Pendleton crews didn't need the assistance.

Gilliland said by the time the fire department reached Lippert, employees had already been evacuated and no injuries were reported. Gilliland said damages were sustained to the filtering system and to some of the insulation on the building's roof, and that part of the roof buckled in a small area.

Fire crews left the scene at about 3:40 p.m. Employees were back at work this morning.

Neither Gilliland nor Lippert officials had an estimated cost of damages.

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