- Associated Press - Saturday, May 21, 2016

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Officials at a central Illinois foundry swept by a fire say they’re eager to get into the Champaign plant to start assessing the scope of the damage.

Friday night’s fire destroyed part of Wirco Inc.’s Alloy Engineering & Casting foundry.

Plant manager Ron Baldus tells The News-Gazette (http://bit.ly/27LCgTg ) none of the foundry’s 92 employees was working when the fire swept the building’s west end.

The foundry makes castings designed to withstand heat for a variety of industries. Indiana-based Wirco has owned the foundry since 2005.

Co-owner Timothy “T.J.” Wright said Saturday that as soon as fire officials allow company officials into the foundry they’ll begin assessing “what it’s going to take to get back on our feet.”

The state fire marshal’s office is assisting in the fire investigation.

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Information from: The News-Gazette, http://www.news-gazette.com

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