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Flames shoot out of chemical plant in Wrens

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WRENS, GA (WFXG) -

UPDATE: Flames poured out of a tank in the back of the Glit/Microtron plant Thursday afternoon. Firefighters battled the blaze for nearly four hours along with high winds; filling the whole area with smoke.

The plant, known for making micro fiber cleaning materials, announced in January it was shutting down and in that process of dissolving the plant firefighters said it caught on fire.

"They had been cutting on the tank trying to take it down;" said Marc Peebles, Assistant Fire Chief of Wrens Fire Department. "Evidently some of the product inside the tank through the process of them cutting it had caught on fire."

No one was injured but neighbors were bothered by the overwhelming amount of smoke coming from the blaze.

"I know that you can't stand in my front yard and breathe, it will burn your eyes and everything," said Albert Schaper. "I'm up here right now to get out of the wind."

Schaper lives nearby and used to work at the plant and said many different chemicals could be found inside to manufacture the cleaning products.

"We don't know what we are breathing; I don't know what was in that tank," said Schaper.  

However, Assistant Chief Peebles told FOX54 it was green paint.

"In the long view of the general public, it shouldn't have been that much of a health hazard," said Assistant Chief Peebles.  

As far as the damage, crews were breaking a tank down into scrap metal, now instead of scrap, it's charred.

FOX54 reached out to the plant for a comment but they didn't return our phone calls.

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ORIGINAL:Wrens Fire Department crews are working a fire at the Glit-Microtron plant.

That plant is located on East Broad Street in Wrens, Jefferson County.

Fire crews can't confirm yet how the fire started. No injuries have been reported at this time.

Our crew on the scene reports that the fire has suddenly reignited. Crews have been on the scene for hours.

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