Two fires in two days in two states for nation’s largest playground equipment maker


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Two fires in one week. That's what PlayCore, the nation's largest maker of playground equipment, is facing Friday.

The first fire occurred at GameTime in Fort Payne. Burning plastic and rubber caused heavy black smoke Wednesday morning. Officials say the fire did not reach the plant and that no one was hurt.

GameTime is a subsidiary company of Chattanooga-based PlayCore. The company sells playground equipment, outdoor fitness products and park amenities according to its website.

Fort Payne Fire Chief Ron Saferite believes the sun may have caused the blaze.

"It's looking like the sun magnified through some clear plastic, which started it. That's not a definite answer, but that's what we're leaning towards right now," he said.

Our CBS affiliate in Atlanta, WGCL, reports a fire destroyed Superior Recreational Products, another Playcore branch, in Carrollton, Ga. late Thursday night. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

WHNT News 19 reached out to PlayCore Friday. AnneMarie Spencer, the Corporate Vice President of Marketing for PlayCore released the following statement:

Thank you for your inquiry. Here is what we know to date.
Superior Recreational Products’ Plant 1 in Carrollton, Georgia, experienced a severe fire on Thursday, July 5th.  The fire occurred in the building and damaged shade fabric production, play production and assembly, music, indoor play, components, plastic rotomolding, and administrative offices.  While the physical loss is significant, we are most grateful that all of our employees are safe.

The manufacturing employees are all off today and the team is already working diligently to completely evaluate the situation and to begin developing action plans for reestablishing the business.

AnneMarie Spencer, Corporate VP of Marketing, Playcore

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