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Fire breaks out at Pickens Co. plant

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Firefighters respond to the old Liberty Denim plant on Mills Avenue. (Nov. 14, 2012/FOX Carolina) Firefighters respond to the old Liberty Denim plant on Mills Avenue. (Nov. 14, 2012/FOX Carolina)
LIBERTY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Firefighters said they were battling a blaze at an old denim plant in Pickens County on Wednesday morning.

Liberty firefighters said they had fire contained to the roof of the Liberty Denim plant on Mills Avenue.

Assistant Fire Chief Chris Rowland said crews were dismantling metal on the roof when something sparked, catching the roof on fire. He said it is still too soon to say how much was damaged, but he said some of the fire spread inside the building.

SLIDESHOW: Firefighters extinguish roof fire

Firefighters have put out the fire and said it is not occupied. They said the roof was damaged and when they arrived, there was a lot of smoke and flames.

The plant received attention nearly a year ago when the plant was put up for sale, closing it and leaving workers without a job.

A spokesperson for the town of Liberty told FOX Carolina last December that the owners of Liberty Denim have been trying to sell the Mills Avenue plant for awhile. The plant closed indefinitely in December 2011, leaving about 120 people without jobs.

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