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Clarksville zinc plant catches fire, burns

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A fire that broke out early Friday is burning in a Clarksville zinc plant.

No injuries were reported in the blaze at Purity Zinc Metals, which is located in an industrial park off Interstate 24.

Three workers were in the plant when the fire began around 12:30 a.m., according to The Leaf-Chronicle (http://leafne.ws/yxhjhq ). All three escaped unharmed.

The newspaper reported the three-story plant's metal walls glowed orange with the heat from the fire by about 3 a.m. and that the entire 40,000-square-foot structure was damaged by either smoke or fire, which was still burning at dawn.

Firefighters used foam on the flames because zinc dust reacts with water.

Clarksville Fire Marshal Ray Williams said firefighters had made progress, but because the foam doesn't cool the combustible zinc, it keeps reigniting.

Information from: The Leaf-Chronicle, http://www.theleafchronicle.com

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