Ductwork catches fire at Seymour Midwest

Seymour firefighters responded to two separate reports of fire in the ductwork of a Seymour hand tool maker Wednesday.

The first fire was reported at 11:02 a.m. at Seymour Midwest at 500 N. Broadway St. After cutting open a duct on the roof the building, firefighters put the fire out and left the scene at 12:36 p.m.

They were called back at 4:50 p.m. and remained on scene until 6:44 p.m. the second time. That fire also was reported in the ductwork and a hopper, according to a report from the fire department.

Firefighters from all three stations responded to both reports for fire at the company, which makes shovels and other tools for outdoor use.

The company was established in 1872 and is located next to Shields Park on the city’s north side. The company was known as Seymour Manufacturing Inc. until 2012 when it was purchased by Midwest Rake Co.