A warehouse was destroyed and a maintenance building damaged in a fire that broke out early this morning at the TrimJoist factory on Highway 182 East near Columbus.
Volunteer firefighters from Lowndes County Fire Services, districts 1 and 3, responded to the scene at about 3 a.m. after neighbors reported hearing an explosion at the factory, Lowndes County Fire Coordinator Neal Austin said. As of press time today, firefighters were still battling flames at the scene.
Firefighters from Columbus Fire and Rescue aided in the response.
By the time first responders arrived at the scene, the fire was fully involved, Austin said. The fire began in the warehouse behind the main factory where the business’ products were being stored and moved to a nearby maintenance building. Firefighters extinguished the fire at the maintenance building and contained the flames to the warehouse area.
There were no injuries reported in the incident. Austin said no one was in the factory at the time the fire began.
Austin also said firefighters don’t know what caused the reported explosion or the fire. Authorities have called investigators from the State Fire Marshal’s Office, but Austin said they won’t start looking into the cause of the fire until later today. He added firefighters will monitor the warehouse wreckage for the next couple of days to make sure the fire doesn’t spread.
TrimJoist is a Columbus-based company that designs and produces wooden floor trusses. According to the Secretary of State’s website, the president and director of TrimJoist is Barry Sanford.
The Dispatch could not reach Sanford or other factory management by press time.