UPDATE: Wacker has released a statement following an early Saturday fire at their plant. It reads:

At 1:20 am Wacker’s internal Fire Department responded to a small fire on the fourth floor of a non-processing building in the facility.  A cloud of smoke and water vapor from the fire truck was visible.  Wacker requested assistance from Bradley County and Cleveland City Fire Departments to extinguish the fire.

There were no injuries.  Air quality was continuously monitored and at no time was there a chemical impact to the atmosphere, the employees or the community.  The safety of our employees, the community and the environment remains our top priority. 

WACKER appreciates the assistance from the Bradley County and Cleveland City Fire Departments and Bradley County Sheriff’s department. 


PREVIOUS STORY: Multiple agencies responded to an early morning fire at the Wacker Polysilicon Manufacturing Facility in Charleston. The fire was put out, according to the Bradley County Sheriff's Office.

According to a Facebook post by Bradley County Sheriff's Office, the fire was reported just before 1:30 a.m. Saturday. 

 

The fire began on the 4th floor of the wastewater treatment building.

Smoke and water vapor can be seen coming from the factory.

According to BCSO, air quality tests are being done to test for chemical residue in the air as a precautionary measure. 

At this time, there is no immediate danger to the public.

Wacker Fire, Cleveland City Fire, Bradley County Fire, and the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office have responded and are working the incident. Polk County Fire is on standby if needed.