Upstate BMW plant fire evacuates hundreds of employees

GREER, SC (WYFF) - Hundreds of employees were evacuated Thursday night after a fire started at the BMW plant in Greer.

Employees at the plant said the alarm went off around 9:15 p.m. Thursday.

BMW spokesperson Sky Foster said the fire started in the roof section of the construction area around the BMW X3 assembly warehouse. The fire was inside the roof section which made it difficult to fight, said Foster.

The fire occurred in a construction area far away from where employees were in the assembly hall but the entire warehouse was evacuated, said Foster. No employees were injured in this incident.

Foster said the fire is under control and they are putting a fire engineer on the roof for inspection.

The Pelham-Batesville Fire Department tells us the fire was under control shortly after 10 p.m. and employees were allowed back inside later that night.

Officials say between 800 and 1,000 workers were evacuated.

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