4-Alarm Blaze at Metal Component Maker

Thursday, January 8, 2015 @ 06:01 PM gHale

A four alarm fire in western Rowan County, NC, Sunday afternoon damaged the building at Mid State Manufacturing, a metal component maker.

One firefighter ended up taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation, officials said.

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Mid-State is metal component manufacturer in the town of Mount Ulla and the company has been in business since 1965, according to the firm’s web site.

Officials said the fire, which broke out at 1:30 p.m., spread quickly through the early part of the afternoon and went from a two-alarm to a four-alarm call within two hours after the it ripped through the roof of the building.

Impulse Manufacturing in Dawsonville, GA, owns the company after a sale finalized in May.

The cause of the fire remains unknown, said Rowan County Fire Marshal Deborah Horne.

Horne said the biggest challenge was getting to the fire located in the backside of the building, which made it difficult to get in and set up water points.

“The weather has caused a lot of problems,” she said. Low clouds kept the smoke from dissipating, creating poor visibility.

Officials closed down Mooresville Road at one point because of the smoke.

At one point in time, the “stability of the building came into question,” and crews ended up called out of the building to insure their safety,” Horne said.

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