Two employees, two firefighters injured after plant fire - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Two employees, two firefighters injured after plant fire

(WMC-TV) - Two employees and two firefighters were injured after a fire broke out in a Millington plant that handles sound waste management, recycling, and hazardous waste generators.

Crews responded to Pollution Control Industries around 4:30 p.m. Thursday after reports that a fire had started in an area where flammable chemicals are stored. By the time firefighters arrived, thick, black smoke could be seen for several miles.

The plant employees are at The Regional Medical Center suffering from chemical burns, according to the Shelby County Fire Department. The two Shelby County firefighters were taken to Methodist North Hospital.

One is being treated for heat exhaustion. The other firefighter is getting treatment for a shoulder injury. The Shelby County Fire Chief says their injuries are not life-threatening.

Memphis and Millington Fire Departments assisted Shelby County firefighters. The unified firefighting effort contained the fire to the plant site.

Authorities shut down traffic in the area around 5:00 p.m., but roads started to reopen around 6:15 p.m.

The event at Memphis International Raceway, near the fire scene, has been canceled Thursday.

Check back with WMCTV.COM for updates on this developing story. Action News 5 is working to learn more about how the fire started, catch the latest updates at 10 p.m.

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