Smoldering semi

An employee at Hickory Springs Manufacturing (HSM) in Conover was taken to the hospital after suffering second degree burns Monday morning.

The fire started in a semi-trailer around 7:20 a.m. When the employee opened the door, the fire backdrafted on him and began to spread, according to Conover Fire Chief Mark Hinson.

To read more of this story, pick up the Tuesday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.

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