Update: Hot Spots Burning At Rutherford County Plant
Updated: Friday, February 7 2014, 11:45 PM CST
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UPDATE: Hot Spots are now burning at a Rutherford County concrete plant . Flames have rekindled at the Smyrna Ready Mix plant.
Smyrna, Tenn--A huge fire at a concrete plant in Rutherford County is out, but crews are still on the scene. The fire broke out Friday afternoon at the Smyrna Ready Mix plant on Hickory Grove Road.
The plant manager tells Fox 17 News that up to six people were inside the building when the fire began. Fortunately no one was hurt.
Several fire crews responded to the scene including Rutherford and Wilson counties. The fire departments and business owners decided to collapse the building to keep crews from getting injured.
Rutherford County Fire Chief, Larry Farley said, "The
firefighters job is to put the fire out, my job is to make sure they get back
on the truck and go home safe. Of course we want to put the fire out we want to
save property and life if we have to... but my main job is to make sure my guys
The cause of the fire is believed to be electrical related.
Hazardous materials were inside the building. The West Nashville Emergency Spill Response crews placed pads and booms around the shop to absorb any fuel or oil. The team will be back out on the scene tomorrow morning, to finish cleaning up.
Fire crews are letting the building, which housed an office and mechanic shop, burn out after containing the fire within an hour. The shop is at a total loss. The general manager, Jeff Hollingshead says the shop will be rebuilt. Hollingshead's father has owned the business for about 14 years. The general manager grew up on the property where the shop is. Smyrna Ready Mix manufactures concrete for the entire state, the shop that caught on fire was on the original site of the business.
"You know it means a lot and you hate to see it and it's kind of
emotional when you first see it , but if you put everything in perspective its
just a building," said Hollingshead.
Hollingshead says the business will be up and running as usual tomorrow morning.
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