Fire at old Standard Coosa Thatcher plant building

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – A literal landmark of Chattanooga’s old manufacturing history went up in flames on Tuesday morning.

12 companies from the Chattanooga Fire Department battled the blaze at the abandoned Standard Coosa Thatcher building on East 18th Street.

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fireOne firefighter was injured.

The fire was contained by 6 AM but Chattanooga firefighters would fight it for several more hours.

The SCT textile plant was built in the 1920s but closed in 1982 among the death of much of the textile industry in the Southeast.

The site has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

You can see old photos and learn more about the plant’s history at Deep Zoom Chattanooga.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Opening Room of plant processing cotton
Opening Room of plant processing cotton

— Fire photo from Bruce Garner w Chattanooga Fire Dept.

— Historic photo: Keystone-Mast Collection, UCR/California Museum of Photography, University of California at Riverside