Hundreds evacuated after massive fire at Bremen fiberglass company


Hundreds were evacuated from a Bremen fiberglass company Tuesday after a massive fire erupted in one of the production buildings.

It all happened at around 1:30 p.m. at Charleston Corporation on Dogwood Road.

Two or three employees were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation issues, but there were no other injuries directly related to the fire.

Only 12 people were working inside the building that caught fire, but the entire Charleston campus was evacuated as a precaution.

Employees said they heard a loud explosion. Shortly after that, flames and clouds of thick black smoke engulfed the structure.

The owners say the building is a total loss.

The company is a satellite operation that manufactures fiberglass roofs for high-end RV motorhomes.

Two chemical resins are used, and that process does generate heat, but firefighters still don't know what caused the explosion and fire.

Emergency crews used ladders to fight the flames from above and the sides.

Charleston's president and CEO said they will be up and operational in the remaining five buildings by Wednesday.

They have about 60 clients, two of whom will be directly impacted by the fire's damage.

Smoke could be seen coming from the building at around 1:30 p.m.

At around 4:00 p.m. trucks from the 10 to 15 different departments on scene started to leave. Some stayed to put out hot spots.


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