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WHI fire expected to continue burning for 48 hours
Chief Taylor provides details about the massive fire, and thanks all the assisting agencies who provided manpower and equipment to battle the blaze.
By Chris Taylor, Chief
On Wednesday, December 2, 2020, Campbellsville Fire Rescue was dispatched to a report of a working commercial fire at WHI Wholesale Hardwood Interiors, 1030 Campbellsville Bypass.
During initial dispatch, command requested a 2nd alarm and mutual aid response from Columbia and Greensburg Fire Departments. Upon arrival firefighters found heavy smoke and flames coming out all four sides of the 120,000 square foot facility. Firefighters provided an aggressive interior attack on the fire. All workers were accounted for and safetly evacuated.
Once fire conditions drastically increased, firefighters switched to an exterior operation for firefighter safety. Additional mutual aid response was requested for ladder truck, tanker and manpower support. Once fire conditions slightly improved, exterior and interior operations worked simultaneously. Firefighters have remained on scene since the initial alarm, and are expected to be at the scene the rest of today. The unreachable areas of the fire is expected to burn over the next 48 hours.
The exact cause of the fire is unknown and is under investigation. There was major damage to the entire 120,000 SqFt facility.
No civilian injuires were reported. No firefighter injuries were reported, but several firefighters' personal protective equipment was damaged by heat and flames during the fire attack.
We are very fortunate no employees was injured but we are deeply saddened by the loss of a major manufactoring company that provided jobs to 125 employees to our community. Please be in prayer for everyone affected by this incident. CFR greatly apperciate all the support in the form of food, water and manpower to aid us in this situation. While the names are too numerous to mention we appreciate all of the community support.
We are extremely grateful for all of our fire department mutual aid partners for their support and speedy response. We had assistance from 13 fire departments, over 100 firefighters and 25 fire apparatus working solidly for over 10 hours. The majority of these departments are 100% volunteer firefighters.
39 CTC Firefighters were on scene. CFD Apparatus on scene: Engine1, Engine 2, Engine 3, Truck 1, Rescue 1, Squad 1, Squad 2, Squad 3 and Chief. TCFD Apparatus on scene: Engine 60, Engine 62, Engine 63 and Tanker 65
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