By TIM GULLA
Ledger Staff Writer
A fire alarm at the Hamrick’s distribution center turned out to be the real deal Thursday afternoon when arriving firefighters witnessed smoke coming from the roof.
Macedonia Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Bernard Smalley said a 12-feet to 15-feet section of the roof over the rear portion of the massive building had caught fire with the flames getting under the roofing felt. He said firefighters had to peel back portions of the roof so they could access the fire, which did not penetrate into the interior of the warehouse.
The cause of fire the wasn’t immediately known, though the fire alarm sounded not long after a severe thunderstorm passed over the area.
Four fire departments responded to the incident, including Macedonia, Grassy Pond, Cherokee Creek and the City of Gaffney.
Smalley said Hamrick’s had a roofing contractor coming in to repair the damage.