(Footage shot just hours ago by WFSA News Channel 12)
This just in, there was a massive blaze at the Carter Brothers warehouse this morning and still being fought as we report. Employees were just coming back from their annual week-long break only to find fire fighters surrounding the facility.
The Dothan Eagle reports – Glenn Adkins, incident commander with the Brundidge Volunteer Fire Department, said 50 to 60 volunteer firefighters from a dozen fire departments responded to Carter Brothers Manufacturing after a fire was reported at 3:35 a.m. Monday. Adkins said it appears the fire started in the finished product area of the building or the shipping area. There were no injuries, though several firefighters received treatment for heat exhaustion.
Carter Brothers representative Pete McIntosh says he understands the fire was “pretty intense” and says “we’re still trying to get an idea of how bad it is.” In closing Pete said that “We’ll let you know what the official stance is and what the extend of the damage is.” and seemed optimistic when he mentioned that Binh, had just completed his ride from California to Alaska and back on a new SYM Symba.
WSFA 12 News covered a fire at the same location just days before Christmas in 2000. No one was injured in that blaze, though owners had to completely rebuild the 53,000 square feet facility.
No word on yet on the number of SYM scooters or go karts destroyed in the blaze. VP of Sales, Robert Belmont, could not be reached for comment as of this time.
***UPDATE 1:20pm CST***
We just got off the line with Pete McIntosh who has received a report back from Robert Belmont, VP of Sales. Robert reports, “Most of the inventory area is destroyed and well as most of manufacturing. The good news is that they do have many units in their California and warehouses not to mention the expected arrival of parts in the next week or so, to be held in an off campus warehouse.
***UPDATE 3:11pm CST***
Just got off the line with Alabama State Fire Marshal, Ed Paulk, who said it’s still a bit early to determine the cause or total extent of the damage, but they will continue their investigation and have more information as it becomes available. When asked about the condition of the firefighters involved, Paulk stated that the high humidity, 100+ degree temperatures, intense heat from the fire and added protective gear has a tendency to take a toll on a crew. To that I say, “Thank goodness that we have such a fearless, and qualified crew that we can rely on for help in these situations!” We’re glad that no one was critically injured in the incident!
According to this report, things aren’t looking so bad for Carter. Right now it looks like the only damage sustained was to their warehouse full of scoots and possibly their computer records.
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