5 fire departments, HAZMAT team respond to plant fire

5 fire departments, HAZMAT team respond to plant fire in Vonore

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"These fires are few and far between.  But whenever we do have them, we're very cautious and make sure that everybody does get out and nobody is hurt," said Daniel Amschler, a lieutenant with the Vonore Fire Department. "These fires are few and far between. But whenever we do have them, we're very cautious and make sure that everybody does get out and nobody is hurt," said Daniel Amschler, a lieutenant with the Vonore Fire Department.
The plant was closed at the time of the fire.  No one was injured. The plant was closed at the time of the fire. No one was injured.
Firefighters arrived to heavy smoke billowing from the building. Firefighters arrived to heavy smoke billowing from the building.

VONORE (WATE) – Five fire departments and a HAZMAT team arrived at Protech in Vonore after reports of a fire on Sunday morning. 

The Vonore Fire Department responded after two people driving by reported the fire around 7:30 a.m.

Firefighters arrived to heavy smoke billowing from the building. 

First responders believed the building contained acids and dyes so they contacted Monroe County HAZMAT.  According to Protech's web site, the company finishes metals. The company "services a large customer base in the aerospace, industrial, medical and government fields," the web site says.

The Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department, Madisonville Fire Department, Hopewell Fire Department, and Greenback Fire Department also responded.  In all, between 25 and 30 emergency responders came to the scene. 

"These fires are few and far between.  But whenever we do have them, we're very cautious and make sure that everybody does get out and nobody is hurt," said Daniel Amschler, a lieutenant with the Vonore Fire Department. 

After firefighters struggled for about thirty minutes to enter the building because of the heavy smoke, they found the fire around some vats. 

Firefighters put out the fire but they will stay on the scene until the smoke goes away and the temperature falls. 

The plant was closed at the time of the fire.  No one was injured. 

Amschler says the fire is under investigation but it is not suspicious.  The cause has not been determined. 

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