No injuries reported after Little Tikes facility explosion

by Tim Troglen | reporter Published:

Hudson -- There were no injuries reported in an explosion and fire Dec. 11 at the Little Tikes facility at 2180 Barlow Road.

According to Hudson Communications Manager Jody Roberts, firefighters responded to "a report of an explosion and fire" just before 6 p.m. in an interior powder room and maintenance shop.

"We did have a fire and we believe it was caused by static electricity igniting plastic," Thomas Richmond, general manager of Little Tikes Worldwide, said.

The building was evacuated as a precaution, according to Richmond.

On Dec. 12, the company was "back in full operation," Richmond said.

"Twenty-two Hudson firefighters responded with two engines, heavy rescue, utility truck and ladder truck," according to a city press release. "Stow, Twinsburg, Valley and Streetsboro fire departments assisted in the operation."

Firefighters remained on the scene until about 10 p.m. "to ensure the fire was completely extinguished and to investigate the cause of the fire," according to Roberts.

The fire, which caused minimal structural damage, is under investigation.

The dollar loss is not known at this time, Roberts said.


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