UPDATE: Lafayette business fire injures 10, leaves 2 reportedly critical
By WRCB Staff
Smoke billows from the Buy The Truck building Friday. Photo courtesy Josh O'Bryant
LAFAYETTE, GA (WRCB) -
UPDATE: Ten employees were injured in a Lafayette business fire on Friday. Two people are reported to be in critical condition.
Flames ignited around 10 a.m. at the Buy The Truck facility on South Chattanooga Street.
Clouds of black smoke could be seen near downtown Lafayette, prompting city officials to tell residents to stay inside.
"It would be advisable for people to obviously not be in the smoke if they can avoid it, and if there's no reason for them to be outside, it's safer inside," said Lafayette City Manager David Hamilton.
The building was evacuated. Multiple agencies were called in to help. The Environmental Protection Division also responded to look into air quality and contaminated water concerns.
The business works with foam, latex, and plastic materials, which are all very flammable. It posed a challenge when putting out the flames.
"Because of the nature of this fire, the nature of the product that's on fire, we're going to have to pull a wall out of the building and pull some of the material out, and spread it out, so we can extinguish it," Hamilton explained.
Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the back corner of the building, and will continue to keep a close eye on it into the night.
"We'll also send teams back in the building, looking for hot spots, trying to just absolutely ensure that the entire fire has been extinguished," said Hamilton.
Officials are still trying to figure out what started the fire. The state fire marshal has been called in to investigate.
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PREVIOUS STORY: Lafayette residents once again are being urged to stay indoors due to a large fire at Buy The Truck on South Chattanooga Street.
The blaze started around 10:00 a.m.
Police tell Channel 3 the fire is not out but under control.
Our crew on the scene confirms at least 10 people have been treated for smoke inhalation but no one has been burned.
The plant has foam, latex and plastic products. The Environment Protection Division is at the scene.
Residents are urged to stay indoors as a precaution due to the large amount of smoke.
This is the second commercial fire in Lafayette in just over three months.
In November, the old Barwick Mills plant, less than a mile away from today's scene, went up in flames, forcing surrounding residents to stay inside their homes for hours to prevent smoke inhalation or harm from hazardous chemicals.
The fire started about 10:00am. Several employees tried to extinguish the fire, but the blaze got out of control. Currently, the fire is not out but "under control" according to police who spoke with Channel 3.
Fire started ~10am. Employees tried 2 extinguish, but got out of control. Right now-fire not out but "under control" pic.twitter.com/nVmXreVR8Z