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UPDATE: Lockdowns lifted after Lonza warehouse fire

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UPDATE: An early morning fire Monday at a Lonza warehouse in Charleston was safely extinguished by Lonza's Emergency Response Team.

The fire was reported at about 7:40am, and put out by 8:00am according to a Lonza spokesman.

All employees have been accounted for, but one employee was treated on site for chlorine inhalation.

One employee was treated on-site for chlorine inhalation and later, at approximately 10:00 am, released.  Lonza employees were under a ‘shelter in place’ until approximately 9:40 a.m., when the ‘all clear’ was given by local authorities.

The lockdown at nearby schools was also lifted.

The Bradley County Fire Department and EMS crews responded to the scene at backup.

Lonza, along with outside officials, will now investigate the cause.


PREVIOUS STORY: Students at Walker Valley High School and Charleston Elementary Schools are sheltering in place as a precautionary measure in response to a warehouse fire.

Danny Coggin with Bradley County Schools tells Channel 3 the central office received a call around 8:00am alerting them to the fire.

Student were asked to shelter in place only as a precautionary measure as crews battle a fire at Lonza on Old Lower River Road in Charleston.

Channel 3 has a crew headed to the scene of the fire and will update this developing story.

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