By DAVE McMILLION
HANCOCK - Welding at a cheese plant here may have sparked a smouldering fire in the roof of the factory Tuesday afternoon, fire officials said.
Firefighters had to cut a narrow fire break around the section of burning roof to extinguish the blaze at the Jefferson Cheese - Jolina plant, said Brian Reed, deputy chief of the Hancock Volunteer Fire Co.
About a 50-square-foot section of the roof was burned, causing an estimated $20,000 in damages, said fire officials.
None of the plant's vital operations were damaged, although a worker was taken to War Memorial Hospital in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., to be treated for smoke inhalation, officials said.