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Area Cleared After Fire At Asphalt Plant In Fairview

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by Janet Kim

FAIRVIEW, Tenn. - Fairview residents were allowed back into their homes after the area surrounding an asphalt plant was evacuated while crews worked to extinguish a tanker fire Friday.

The blaze broke out around 1 p.m. at the Tennessee Valley Paving Company on Highway 96 in the northwest corner of Williamson County, just south of Interstate 40.

Officials evacuated the area around Loblolly Pine Road because they were unsure about what chemicals were inside the tanker.

Investigators said the company was not making asphalt today and hasn't in the last couple weeks, but they do keep the machines and mixture hot in preparation to produce asphalt.

No one was inside the building at the time of the fire and no one was hurt.

Nearby residents waited it out for hours before they were able to return to their homes. Some say they feared something like this would one day happen.

"It's been nothing but a hassle since it first got here, from the dump trucks and everything- dump trucks just constantly flying up and down our road," said Jonathan Collier, a displaced resident. "It's just been nothing but a headache ever since it came in."

Part of Highway 96 was also closed off while officials worked to clear the scene. Firefighters were on standby Friday afternoon watching for any hot spots.

Fire officials do not believe there are any threats to the homes surrounding this plant, but as an extra precaution crews built a gravel dam near the source of the fire to make sure the asphalt product doesn't seep through.

Fire officials said they have never been called to the plant for a fire in the past.


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