Liberty, Temperance Hall, Main and Cookeville Highway fire departments responded

Friday night, the DeKalb Fire Department responded to a DeKalb County industrial fire at Liberty Machine Shop. The fire left the shop seriously damaged, but no one was injured, according to officials.

Fear turned to action when a neighbor spotted the flames late Friday evening and dialed 911.

Liberty, Temperance Hall, Main and Cookeville Highway fire departments quickly responded and found “heavy fire and smoke coming from the front of the building near the roof line.”

“Firefighters made an aggressive interior attack and were able to quickly contain the fire,” according to a release by the. “However, due to the building age and type of construction, firefighters were required to perform extensive overhaul operations to extinguish fire extensions between the tongue and groove ceiling, dense insulation, and the metal roof. After an extended operation, firefighters could extinguish the fire, ventilate the building, and perform salvage operations to help protect machinery and other property inside the facility.”

First responders – 40 firefighters were on scene at an industrial fire Friday afternoon.

After an “extended period of operation and physical demands on firefighters,” the Alexandria and Smithville Fire Department were called upon.

Soon, 40 firefighters were on the scene.

“Others on the scene assisting were DeKalb County Emergency Medical Services, DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department, DeKalb County Fire Department’s Rehabilitation Unit, Caney Fork Electric Company, Middle Tennessee Natural Gas and several members of the public who provided drinking water to firefighters,” according to the release.

According to the release, there was significant fire damage to the front interior (the fire’s origin point), while other parts of the building received smoke and water damage. 

The building received significant fire damage to the front interior portion where the fire originated in the ceiling area, according to officials.

The cause of the fire is currently undetermined.

Photo via DeKalb Fire Department.

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