SALE CREEK, Tenn. (WDEF) – The former Hanson Pipe Company, now Forterra Industries, in Sale Creek went up in flames late Friday afternoon.
A motorist spotted the flames at the business located at 550 Industrial Boulevard just before 5:30 p.m.
Fire investigators determined the fire broke out on the second floor in a storage area of the 3,000-square foot building.
Since the building was so large, Sale Creek Volunteer Fire put out a mutual aid response for surrounding fire departments and counties.
Soddy Daisy Fire, Dallas Bay VFD, Rhea County FD, Dayton FD, Graysville FD, Signal Mountain FD, Chattanoooga-Hamilton County Rescue responded to the fire scene.
Mowbray VFD and Sequoyah VFD were standing by at Sale Creek Station 1 for any additional emergency calls.
Mutual Aid Chiefs from East Ridge and Bradley County Fire Rescue responded to the scene to assist Sale Creek VFD.
Amy Maxwell with Hamilton County Emergency Services explained, “The problem is not only this a large building, but you’re talking the temperatures, you’re talking about humidity, you’re also talking about the gear that they wear and also the fact that there’s heat inside the building. So that has a lot to do with it. They want to make sure they fresh new bodies that are rotating in and out at all times.”
The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire at Forterra Industries.
No one was injured but Hamilton County EMS was on the scene for any potential injuries to the firefighters.
The extent of damage to the building is significant.
Damage value is undetermined at this time.