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Fire causes heavy damage to Dyersburg warehouse

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Dyersburg firefighters worked most of Monday to make sure flames did not re-ignite as they tried to figure out what caused a massive warehouse fire there Monday night.

All night Monday, the Dyersburg Fire Department battled one of the largest fires in its history.  Lawnmower manufacturer Briggs and Stratton, which has a plant in Newbern, used the building to store lawnmowers. 

Once the four-alarm fire began rolling through the massive warehouse, it was difficult for firefighters to contain.

"It was a hot fire. It melted steel beams and so you can see its been burning for a little over 12 hours," emergency communications manager Mark Grant said.

As firefighters try to figure out what caused the fire, warehouse tenants are now trying to figure out what to do next.

"I understand it was quite full. 100,000 square feet is what they utilized, and we're trying to find space for them to use," Dyersburg mayor John Holden said.

Despite the damage, officials say its not a complete loss.  Dyersburg's fire chief said a portion of the building was saved from the fire thanks to several fire doors and atriums inside, that kept the fire from spreading.

Officials said it may be another day before firefighters can clear the scene and continue with their investigation.

Briggs and Stratton officials said they were working with authorities to figure out a cause of the fire. They have a team in place to restore normal activity as soon as possible.

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