TN Wood Manufacturer Fire Contained

Friday, June 16, 2017 @ 09:06 AM gHale

Firefighters spray water onto one of the three silos at Crossville Hardwood.

Wind-blown dust appears to be the cause of a fire at a hardwood manufacturing facility in Crossville, TN, last Friday, officials said.

The building at Crossville Hardwood had been evacuated when firefighters arrived at 7:52 a.m.

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The facility, which manufactures hardwood products, has a series of silos connected by ductwork. The fire began in the fan of one of the silos and spread to two other silos. 

The extremely dry, wind-blown dust made for a possibly explosive situation, said Crossville Fire Assistant Chief Chris South.

“It was an extremely hazardous situation until we could get lots of water on it,” he said. “The fire crews did an excellent job of getting the fire contained.”

The fire scene was divided into three operations. The ductwork ran the length of the building, requiring a lengthy process to ensure all the fire was extinguished. 

With city and county fire personnel working at the fire scene, the Fairfield Glade Volunteer Fire Department sent two units to help cover one city and one county station.

“A lot of county resources are here and all the city resources are here,” South said.

The last units left the location at 10:46 a.m. Loss was estimated at $30,000 for property damage and $30,000 for contents damage.

No one suffered an injury in the blaze.

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