VIDEO 3: Fire Breaks Out at Fiberglass Firm
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Hundreds were evacuated Tuesday (June 3) from Charleston Corp., a Bremen, Ind., fiberglass company that supplies the RV and marine industries, after a massive fire erupted in one of the production buildings.
FOX 28 News reported that 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. The company is a satellite operation that manufactures fiberglass roofs for high-end motorhomes.
President and CEO Jeff Wysong said three employees were taken to hospital for smoke inhalation, but there are no other injuries. He said there were 12 employees inside the building when it caught fire. That building, which is one of six at the location, is said to be a total loss.
He added that the five other buildings at the site will return to activity tomorrow. The cause of the fire is still unknown at this time.
Employees said they heard a loud explosion. Shortly after that, flames and clouds of thick black smoke engulfed the structure. Crews from a number of surrounding departments responded to assist in fighting the fire.