JGR Employees Ok After On-Site Fire
A Charlotte television station reported that 10 people were treated and released for smoke inhalation after a fire broke out inside the Joe Gibbs Racing complex in Huntersville, N.C., on Tuesday.
Huntersville police told WCNC-TV in Charlotte that a machine -- thought to be a laser cutter -- caught fire inside the building. The fire was contained to the machine shop inside the building, and all 10 people were treated in a JGR parking lot and subsequently cleared to go back inside the complex.
"A piece of equipment in the machine shop caught fire [Tuesday] at our Joe Gibbs Racing headquarters in Huntersville, N.C. The fire department was called and the fire was quickly contained and extinguished," Joe Gibbs Racing said in a statement. " A few of our employees received treatment on site for issues related to smoke inhalation. All employees were able to return to work within the hour to continue preparations for the 2012 NASCAR season."
It's the second year in a row that a fire has caused damage to the facility. In February of 2011, just under a year ago, a fire caused significant damage to the room where engines are built and worked on. No one was injured in that incident.
At one point Tuesday, witnesses observed smoke pouring from the complex, located just west of Interstate 77 on the outskirts of Charlotte. Joe Gibbs Racing is home for the race teams of several high-profile drivers, including Cup drivers Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano.