Amy Lindsey | GC News-Gazette The Leitchfield Fire Department battles a blaze at OFS Brands Saturday night.

Amy Lindsey | GC News-Gazette

The Leitchfield Fire Department battles a blaze at OFS Brands Saturday night.

Fires broke out twice at OFS Brands in Leitchfield this week.

The first incident occured at around 9 p.m. last Saturday, when the Leitchfield Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at the factory, located 1010 Salt River Rd.

According to Leitchfield Fire Chief Tim Duvall, a passerby saw smoke and flames in the back of OFS Brands and called it in.

When they arrived on the scene, firefighters noticed that the fire was contained in the hopper area, which transfers sawdust from one area to another.

According to Duvall, the fire most likely started due to a bearing that overheated and came into contact with the sawdust. He said that the sawdust is usually transported to Baillie Lumber to be burned in the furnaces.

After checking the roof for hot spots and sifting through sawdust for embers, Firefighters left the scene at approximately 11:30 p.m.

Duvall said that there was very little damage was done to the plant, and the employees were able to return to work on Monday.

However, the fire rekindled Monday afternoon in the same area. Firefighters remained on the scene moving and sifting through sawdust until 8 p.m.

According to Duvall, sandbags were used to contain the water that was sprayed into the hopper area to keep it from spreading past the boiler room and into the main plant, and the only employees affected at this time were the ones who work in that area.

No injuries were reported on either day, and very little damage resulted from the fire.

According to the city of Leitchfield, OFS will be expanding its operation over the next five years and adding 103 new jobs as a result. The fire has not affected this plan.