As of Saturday, July 28, 2012
© Copyright 2013
Gwinnett Daily Post
SUMMERVILLE -- About 120 firefighters and emergency workers Saturday battled a large fire that broke out overnight at a plastic recycling complex in northwest Georgia, spewing thick smoke that forced authorities to evacuate nearby residents.
Firefighters were still trying to contain the blaze Saturday afternoon, nearly a day after it started in Chattooga County, and all homes and businesses within mile remained under evacuation orders, it was reported.
Chattooga County commissioner Jason Winters said two firefighters had to be treated at the scene for heat-related problems and the flames at one point threatened to spread to a pair of nearby homes. But he said the homes were spared because firefighters appeared to be successful at pushing back the blaze Saturday afternoon.
"They've made tremendous progress and air quality levels continue to be monitored. They're all falling in the good range," Winters said.
No other injuries or property damage had been reported, he said.
Officials said the fire erupted Friday evening at an old cotton mill in Summerville, near the Georgia-Alabama state line, that's now used as a recycling complex. The blaze was so large that firefighters were called in to help from nearby Catoosa, Walker, Polk, Bartow, Floyd and Cherokee counties.
Firefighters from the Georgia Forestry Commission were also called in to plow firebreaks around the recycling center to help keep the blaze from spreading.