Fire at Chemical Firm’s Warehouse

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 @ 05:05 PM gHale

A chemical company’s warehouse outside Atlanta ended up engulfed in flames late on Friday, prompting an evacuation of nearby businesses, but firefighters kept the blaze from spreading to other structures, emergency management officials said.

The fire broke out at 8:30 p.m. in the warehouse of Amrep, a chemical supply company in a small industrial park off Cobb Parkway in Marietta, GA about 25 miles northwest of Atlanta.

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A dispatcher for Cobb County emergency communications said there were no homes close enough to the blaze and despite the presence of some chemicals stored in the warehouse, the fire posed no environmental hazard to the area. There were no injuries reported.

One witness said he saw flames shooting about 40 feet into the air and there were several large fireballs and a few explosions.

The company supplies a variety of automotive, janitorial and industrial products, according to its website.

The industrial park and the main road leading to it ended up shut down as firefighters worked to contain the blaze, and surrounding businesses evacuated as a precaution, dispatchers and police said.

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