GILES COUNTY, Tenn. – Firefighters continue to monitor the remnants of a large fire that destroyed a warehouse in Pulaski on Tuesday evening. There are still flames and smoke at the Magneti Marelli warehouse, just off Industrial Loop.
The company manufactures automotive lighting, including headlights and tail lights. Employees say this is the company’s main shipping and receiving warehouse.
The fire started after 3 p.m. Tuesday on the northwest corner of the building and picked up quickly. Firefighters say no one who works at the warehouse was hurt, and they were able to get out safely. The building is a total loss, though.
The fire chief tells WHNT News 19 that the cardboard boxes made the fire difficult to manage.
“Okay you got so much cardboard in this structure. It’s cardboard boxes top to bottom. Water just can’t penetrate and get to the base of the fire. When the fire gets so far down into the card board, you can’t get water into it so it just keeps burning,” said Chief Don Collins.
Fire officials are concerned about black smoke coming out of the building. They say it could be hazardous.
“When you heat this type of plastic up it’s toxic,” Collins said.
As for the investigation, a lot is still up in the air. We’ve learned another Magneti Marelli building less than a thousand feet from the warehouse caught fire just a few months ago. Collins said cardboard boxes were also an issue, but he’s unsure if there’s a connection.
“I just don’t know what caused it, but we are gonna investigate a little further,” said Collins.
The chief said he’s thankful no one was hurt. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The state fire marshal is expected to be on site Wednesday.