A little past 9, Tuesday evening, the Deep River Fire Department received a call for an active fire in duct work at the Silgan Plastics Manufacturing Plant on Bridge Street. While the plant was evacuated, workers used fire extinguishers to contain the fire. Upon arrival, the fire department quickly knocked down the remainder of the fire. It was discovered that the source of the problem was an overheated bearing, which caught fire in the exhaust ventilation system.
According to Assistant Chief Jim Budney, "The workers did a great job of containing the fire and helped to avert a serious situation." With light smoke conditions in the building, the second shift for the plant was sent home. Silgan Plastics manufactures plastic bottles and containers for worldwide distribution.