Fire Damages Machinery at Packaging Facility
COOKEVILLE, TN—December 26, 2013—Machinery at the Fibercel Packaging facility on Universal Drive caught fire late Monday night, causing an estimated $70,000 to $75,000 in damages, fire officials said.
Cookeville Fire Lt. Mike Broyles said an employee at the facility called for help around 11:30 p.m.
When fire crews arrived, employees had the bay doors of the building open, allowing firefighters to easily access the fire.
It took around 600 gallons of water and about two hours total on the scene to handle the call, Lt. Broyles said.
The building did have a sprinkler system, but the flames had not reached a level to activate that system when fire crews arrived.
Lt. Broyles said it was not immediately clear what had caused the fire, but said it was the facility’s machinery that was damaged.