Three fire crews rushed to the scene of a fire early this morning at the Columbus McKinnon plant in Damascus, Virginia. 

Dispatch received a call at 7:05 A.M. that the heat treat area of the plant, located toward its rear, was on fire. Crews from Damascus, Abingdon and Glade Spring arrived, with the earliest at 7:15 A.M. The Damascus Rescue Squad was also on scene. 

Roughly 150 employees of the plant evacuated. Crews remained on scene from 7:15 A.M. to 9:00 A.M. The heat treat area sustained fire and smoke damage to the roof, while the entire plant sustained minor water damages. 

After emergency crews left, employees entered the building and returned to work. 

The heat treat section of the Columbus McKinnon plant was affected by smoke and water damage. 

The Damascus Fire Chief and general manager now say they'll assess the situation once the power returns. The entire building was not affected, and parts may reopen today. 

9:00 A.M.: The Damascus Fire Department reports that crews are still on scene. 

The Washington County Sheriff's Office confirms that three departments are on scene for a fire at the Columbus McKinnon plant, located on Jeb Stuart Highway in Damascus. Dispatch received a call about the fire a few minutes after 7:00 A.M. 

Crews from Damascus, Abingdon, and Glade Spring are on scene. No information on damage or injuries was available at this time; stay with the Bristol Herald Courier for more on this developing story. 

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