Large Fire At Manufacturing Plant In Fayetteville; All Employees Safe

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FAYETTEVILLE, Tn. (WHNT) - Firefighters continue to put out flames at a metal manufacturing plant in Fayetteville.  The good news -- all employees got out safely.

The fire at Fushi Copperweld started about 2:30 p.m.  Flames and smoke billowed from the building for more than an hour.  The company, also known as Copperweld Bimetallics, is located on Cotton Mill Road.

After 4 p.m. firefighters were still working to put out flames inside.

About 100 people work at the plant, according to Elaine Middleton, Executive Director of the Fayetteville/Lincoln County Industrial Development Board. 

Middleton said no one has been allowed back in the building yet, and it's not clear how the fire started.  Middleton said all employees got out safely, and the company's evacuation plan worked very well.  She added that sprinklers went off, so there is water damage throughout the plant.

Fushi Copperweld produces wire and metal products and has been in Fayetteville since the 1970s.  Fushi also has a location in Nashville, and the company's headquarters are in Beijing.

We'll continue to update as we confirm more details.