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|FIRST ON WGIL: Knoxville Paint Factory Closes Briefly After Fire
|POSTED 11:18pm 7/28/09, UPDATED 10:19 a-m 7/29/09 No injuries are being reported in a fire that a local official says could have been a whole lot worse.
Knoxville-Gilson-Appleton Fire Protection District Chief Jeff Vandemark says authorities responded to the National Coatings Factory at 604 U.S. Highway 150 on the east edge of Knoxville just after 9:30 last night.
Vandemark says they arrived on scene to find light smoke and flames coming from a pump house just outside the factory. He says firefighters' main concern when they arrived was to cool nearby solvent tanks first before officials went into the structure and put out the blaze.
Vandemark tells WGIL there was very minimal damage.
"The only damage is to the pump house and to the pump area, that's it. The tanks are fine. The place is going to be shut down for the night, they will have to work on it Wednesday."
A representative from the company, Matt Hillhouse, said Wednesday morning the factory was shut down for about an hour Tuesday night, but business was back to normal Wednesday.
Vandemark says there were three people inside working the night shift who tried to extinguish the fire before officials arrived on scene. He says crews had the fire struck down in less than 20 minutes and believes the cause to be electrical in nature. The Knox County Sheriff's Department and GHAS also responded.
Hillhouse said the damage, confined to the pump house, was fairly minimal. He gave a preliminary estimate of around $1,000.
The pump house next to National Coatings paint factory in Knoxville is where a fire offical says the blaze began. The tanks fire officals were concerned with are on the left side of the photo.
The inside of the pump house at the National Coatings factory in Knoxville
(WGIL News Photos and Story by Dominic Fortini)
|07 29 09 by Newsroom
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