Firefighters from six departments were called to the scene of a massive fire at a Spartanburg plant Monday morning.
The fire started just after midnight at Platronics Seals on College Drive near business Interstate 85.
Spartanburg County Emergency Manager Doug Bryson said the fire appeared to be contained to the second floor of the building. He said that parts of the building have collapsed because of the blaze. He said firefighters are also tearing down walls in order to get to the fire.
The 36,000-square-foot building houses chemicals and propane tanks, but Bryson said those materials are not in the area where the fire is burning.
"There's chemicals in just about every manufacturing facility in Spartanburg County," Bryson said. "It was paramount for our firefighters' safety to know where these chemicals were."
Bryson said the state Department of Health and Environmental Control was at the scene, monitoring the air and water quality.
College Drive was shut down because of the blaze. Bryson said it could reopen as early as 8:30 a.m.
This is the second large fire that Spartanburg area firefighters have battled in two days. On Saturday night, a blaze swept through the vacant Saxon Mill. That fire rekindled Monday morning, Bryson said. Officials said they do not believe the two fires are related.
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