Sat 10 am: GM workers to return to work Monday

LORDSTOWN – Operations have returned to normal at the General Motors Lordstown Complex following a small fire in the Chassis department just before 9 p.m. Friday, plant officials announced this morning.

The early investigation reveals that the fire was started as a result of welding work performed by contractors. No damage estimates were immediately released.

Four people on site were taken to local hospitals. Three have been treated and released and one remains hospitalized for observation. Their names were not released.

GM Lordstown plant spokesman Tom Mock said production at Lordstown remains scheduled for all three shifts beginning Monday with the third shift reporting at regularly scheduled times Sunday night.

Production has been idled for the last three weeks due to a planned Christmas break and an additional week of downtime in order to adjust inventory levels of the Chevrolet Cruze. There were only a few workers doing maintenance work inside the plant at the time of the fire.