Gaffney plant heavily damaged by fire
City of Gaffney firefighters were called to Pioneer Metal Finishing on Henderson Street at 5:12 p.m. Monday and there was heavy smoke showing upon their arrival.
Fire Marshal Billy Bishop said firefighters made an immediate interior attack and had the fire out in about 35 minutes.
Bishop said the fire was discovered by a process manager who had come into the plant on Monday to ready equipment for the next shift.
The fire started in an area within the 9,000- square-foot building where there were tanks that contained dyes. It was believed one of the heaters on the tanks had been left on over the weekend, Bishop said. The fire has been ruled an accident.
The extent of the damage still was being investigated Tuesday.
It wasn’t immediately clear how the fire would impact operations at the plant. A call to the company Tuesday afternoon was referred to a company vice president who was not immediately available. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Pioneer Metal Finishing has 10 plants in North America, according to the company website.