Greenbrier business owner loses thousands in blaze - WSMV News 4

Greenbrier business owner loses thousands in blaze

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Three firefighters were hurt Sunday night battling a blaze at an auto fabrication plant in Greenbrier, Tenn., late Sunday.

The fire started at about 10 p.m. at Aluminum Racing Products near the corner of Industrial Drive and Kelly Willis Road.

Firefighters from Greenbrier, White House, Ridgetop and Springfield responded to the blaze.

Crews believe the fire started in a fiberglass fabrication area near several drums of flammable chemicals.

"Most of (the drums) were empty, but we had to deal with some of them blowing," said Greenbrier Fire Chief Billy Wilson. "Some of the firemen had to dodge bullets there for a little while."

"(We) had a couple firemen with some minor injuries," Wilson said. "Got one at the hospital now (who) possibly has a broken leg."

Witnesses told Channel 4 that the flames were visible from as far away as Millersville.

"Nobody's been in the building since Friday," said plant owner Jerry Crisswell. "So it's kind of a mystery what happened here. It's devastating.  Insurance is never enough to cover something like this."

Two firefighters had to be taken to a hospital for X-rays because of sprains and possible fractures.  One firefighter was treated at the scene Sunday night for burns but was never transported to the hospital.

Crisswell said the fire took away a lifetime of work, including two car body molds, that were used in dozens of stock cars, worth at least $10,000.  All of his molds, including 18, were destroyed by the fire.

The business owner's designs have helped win hundreds of races across the country.

Crisswell puts his losses at about $1 million.  Only a few of the 20 people who work at the plant will be furloughed.

Greenbrier Fire Chief Billy Wilson said he doesn't know if they will ever know the cause of the fire because of the large amount chemicals in the building. It could have been an electrical fire, but they do believe it was an accident.

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