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3-Alarm Industrial Fire in Nashville

Heavy Response Leads to Successful Containment

A FIRE AT A NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, INDUSTRIAL property Wednesday afternoon was quickly elevated to a third alarm bringing 45 firefighters to  the scene.

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The blaze broke out at 2:40 pm in the Centurian Stone Manufacturing plant located in an industrial park.  When the FD arrived they found heavy smoke coming from a building where rubber molding is worked and formed.  Centurian produces faux stone veneers that are used on the exteriors of building.

A Nashville FD spokesman said that the first units began an interior attack, but the fire escalated rapidly and they were withdrawn while outside master streams were set up.  The shop involved also contained several propane tanks and as they vented there were a number of  "explosions" occurring inside.  There were 8 employees in that wing when the fire started, but they all escaped safely.  No injuries were reported for either civilian or fire personnel.

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The fire was successfully contained and knocked down in about an hour.  There was no damage reported to either the main plant or the warehouse.  It was the first fire in the business' 42-year history.  The vice president told The Tennessean that there were about 130 employees at work in the plant when the fire started.

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There is no determination yet on the cause of the fire.  The company officials expect production to carry on today, minus the mold production.

NewsChannel5 also supplied some aerial footage of the fire:

 

Read more on this story in The Tennessean HERE.
WSMV-TV has a 45-image photo gallery HERE.

Hat tip:  Andy K.

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