A blaze at the FoxFarm Soil & Fertilizer Company fertilizer plant in Pendleton, SC, that ignited Wednesday morning left a firefighter injured, officials said.
Firefighters got the call to the facility at 5:30 a.m. When crews arrived, they found heavy flames on the exterior in the hopper system and fire had spread into two structures, firefighters said.
“We arrived to find heavy fire on the exterior in the hopper system and fire had spread into two structures,” the Pendleton Fire Department said in a Facebook post. “With a quick response from Pendleton, Zion, Sandy Springs, and Ladder Company 109, the fire was quickly contained.”
There was a fire hydrant very close to the building, which played a key role in helping firefighters knock down flames before they spread throughout the building, firefighters said.
The fire was put out within one hour, said Pendleton Fire Capt. Drew Brock.
One firefighter did suffer an injury in the incident when he fell at the site.
“Our firefighter was transported and is in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries,” Pendleton Fire officials said.
Brock said luckily there were no explosions and the chemicals weren’t hazardous which made battling to flames easier.
FoxFarm announced plans to build a $6.9 million manufacturing and packaging facility in Pendleton in November 2014. The 60,000-sq-ft plant opened in 2015.