UPDATE: EDGEFIELD, S.C. – An early morning blaze at the Parkdale Mills in Edgefield, South Carolina has been contained after cotton bales caught on fire. The fire has been put out, but crews remain on the scene as of 8:00 a.m. Sunday due to some of the cotton that’s still smoldering.
The Edgefield fire department responded the scene at 32 Rabbit Trail around 5:00 a.m. The Johnston and Trenton fire departments were called in to help afterwards due to depleting oxygen tanks. According to Edgefield Fire Chief Roger Ellis, the size of the structure has posed an issue because it was filled with smoke and crews had a hard time locating the cotton that still smoldered. The facility produces items like yarn and has that cotton running through its pipes – making it it more difficult for crews to reach.
Chief Ellis tells WJBF there were 15 employees inside the building but all managed to exit without injuries.
There’s no word yet on what caused the fire.
The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office confirms a structure fire at 32 Rabbit Trail.
That is the location of Parkdale Mills.
Mutual Aid has been requested.
Dispatch would not tell what time the fire started or if there was anyone inside.
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