Greenville firefighters were paged to a fire at Carlisle Construction Materials on Rt. 40 south of Greenville Tuesday morning around 11:34 a.m. Employees had been evacuated from the building as the blaze engulfed part of the roof of the factory.
“It happened in what they call the tape area, on the north side,” Greenville Fire Chief Bill Johnston told WGEL. “It started in the exhaust that goes up from the machines and goes out through the roof. It was blazing up through that when we got there. A lot of black smoke and tall flames.
“Luckily for us, it was a small area and all the heat was getting up and out. That helped us. Smoke had backed up and migrated into the big part of the factory a little bit, but we were able to get fans in there and get that smoke pushed out.
“There happened to be, right where this was at, a ladder attached to the building. You couldn’t have put it in a better place for us.”
Johnston said thanks to the placement of that ladder, firefighters were able to bring the fire under control quickly.
The Smithboro and Mulberry Grove Fire Departments provided mutual aid in the form of manpower. Crews were on the scene just short of two hours.
No one was injured in the blaze. An estimated $200,000 in damage was sustained to the factory.