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An early-morning fire demolished a Copperhill Industries building last Thursday morning. No injuries were reported, but the building was a total loss.
An early-morning fire demolished a Copperhill Industries building last Thursday morning. No injuries were reported, but the building was a total loss.
According to Mike Worley with East Polk Fire and Rescue, firefighters received a call around 5 a.m. Thursday and found the building fully involved when they arrived on scene at 5:12. Firefighters immediately began working to protect two other buildings – a machine shop and supply house – that were within 18 inches of the burning structure.
Worley said it was his understanding the burning building contained a small office and was used as an employee break room. He said a window heat and air unit was in the building, but it was unknown if it was on at the time. Worley said there were only bricks and metal left when the fire was out. A track hoe owned by the company was on-site, and was used to pull the building down. Worley said the tar and chip flat roof was caving in when they arrived. The building was brought down after the fire for safety reasons.
According to Worley, 46 firefighters, 11 engines, and 4 tanker trucks responded to the blaze. He said West Polk Fire and Rescue brought up a command unit that was used during the operation. Hiwassee Dam and Wolf Creek Fire Departments from North Carolina, as well as Fannin County Fire and Rescue assisted in the operation. 58,000 gallons of water were used to protect the surrounding buildings.
Worley expressed thanks to neighboring fire departments for their help during the fire.
“We really appreciate all the help and mutual aid. It was a pretty good size operation and we couldn’t have done it without help,” Worley said.

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