February 15, 2011 / 7:42 AM / 6 years ago

UPDATE 1-Fire temporarily hits Toyota's Prius line in Japan

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* Fire detected at plant around 10 a.m., put out by noon

* Suspended production restarted before 3 p.m.

* Prius, Camry parts made on fire-hit molding, stamping line

* Some damage to ceiling, none to equipment

* No impact on production volume from fire - spokeswoman (Updates with resumption)

TOKYO, Feb 15 (Reuters) - A fire at a Toyota Motor (7203.T) factory in central Japan temporarily suspended a molding and stamping line for the Prius and Camry cars on Tuesday, causing damage to an air duct and part of the plant's ceiling.

A Toyota spokeswoman said a fire was detected around 9:50 a.m. at one of two molding and stamping lines at the Tsutsumi factory, near the company's headquarters, and extinguished around noon.

Production was suspended while fire and police authorities inspected the site, and resumed a little before 3 p.m., she said. There were no injuries or damage to equipment.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Toyota expects no impact on production volumes from the fire since the assembly lines were running during the suspension of the molding and stamping line, the spokeswoman said.

Tsutsumi is one of two domestic factories that produces the Prius, and the only one producing the Camry in Japan. It also builds the Premio, Scion tC and other models. (Reporting by Chang-Ran Kim and Junko Fujita; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)

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