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A conveyor belt fire broke out at a Greenville, TN, asphalt plant Monday night, and the flames ended up extinguished just before they reached a fuel tank, fire officials said.

The fire originated on a conveyor belt in a building at the plant, said Grant Summers, president of the Summers-Taylor asphalt plant.

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Firefighters responded to the scene at 9 p.m. Monday, dousing the fire as it neared a 10,000 to 15,000 gallon fuel tank.

“A large volume of fire was rolling up, and I could tell that it was very dark, black smoke, so I didn’t really know what I had,” said Paul Frutiger of the Midway Volunteer Fire Department when he first arrived on the scene. “I kept everybody back until I had an idea what was burning.”

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No one was working at the site when the fire broke out and no one suffered an injury in the incident.

“I would say the fire was pretty much controlled within 30 minutes of us arriving on scene,” Lt. Bobby Carter of the Mosheim Volunteer Fire Department told the Sun.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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