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Automakers Monitor Parts Plant Fire

Crews worked to extinguish hot spots at an auto parts plant in Michigan as automakers checked to see how their production might be affected.

DETROIT (AP) -- Crews worked to extinguish still-burning hot spots at an auto parts plant in Michigan on Thursday as automakers checked to see how their production might be affected by the blaze.

General Motors Co. said it planned to run some short shifts Thursday at its Lansing Delta Township assembly plant following the blaze that began Wednesday evening at Magna Atreum in Livingston County's Howell Township, about 45 miles northwest of Detroit.

"GM is working closely with the supplier to understand the impact to their plant and our material options," GM spokeswoman Kim Carpenter said in a statement. "We are monitoring the material situation at several other GM locations."

The Delta Township plant makes crossover vehicles including the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia.

Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler LLC said Thursday morning they didn't have production issues related to the fire, but were monitoring the situation. Chrysler said the parts plant makes interior components for its Toledo North Assembly Plant in Ohio; and plants in Windsor and Brampton, Ontario.

Magna Atreum employees were evacuated when the blaze was discovered, but no injuries were reported. Production was temporarily halted at the 187,000-square-foot plant that employs about 450 and makes dashboards, consoles, door panels and other parts for GM, Ford, Chrysler, Nissan and Mazda vehicles.

Magna said it wasn't immediately clear what had set off the fire. A message seeking updated information was left with fire officials. Magna Atreum is part of Aurora, Ontario-based Magna International Inc.

"We consider our suppliers part of our extended family, so we're very grateful that no one was injured," Chrysler said.

On Thursday morning, fire crews still were at the scene working to put out hot spots that remained from the fire, said Magna spokeswoman Tracy Fuerst. She said company officials planned to inspect the plant to determine how long production might be halted and the extent of the damage.

"Until we can get in there we just can't tell," she said.

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