A massive fire broke out at Kirchhoff Automotive plant in Manchester, TN, forcing an evacuation.
A plume of smoke was visible from miles away and multiple explosions were heard as firefighters tried to put out the blaze which started up at 5:30 p.m. June 6.
“We know they had three or four explosions. We assume the propane tanks probably, hopefully nothing a little bit bigger,” said John Miller, a witness who works at a nearby plant.
The fire started outside the warehouse on Volunteer Avenue in an area where plastic storage bins were being stored on the backside of the building, said Manchester Fire Chief George Chambers.
The building itself didn’t sustain as much fire damage as it did heat and smoke damage. Most of the flames and smoke that were visible were from the burning storage bin.
Officials said the plant evacuated in less than six minutes. Initial reports indicate the building and equipment had heat and water damage.
Manchester firefighters were able to “knock down” the fire, said Coffee County Emergency Management Agency Director Allan Lendley.
There were no injuries in the incident. One facility in the industrial park also ended up evacuated. About 40 to 50 firefighters responded to the scene.
Tennessee Department of Transportation officials monitored the interstate as smoke billowed over the road.