Two employees were burned in a fire at the Pollution Control Industries plant in Millington, Tenn., Thursday afternoon. Two county firefighters and one Memphis firefighter battling the fire were also taken to the hospital.
The fire, first reported shortly after 4:30 p.m. at 5484 Victory Lane, was contained within 90 minutes. Shelby County firefighters and hazmat crews said the fire started in an area where flammable chemicals are stored.
Both employees who suffered burns were taken to The MED in Memphis. One of the victims was airlifted the The MED by a medical helicopter while the other victim was transported by ground ambulance.
Shelby County Fire Department spokesman Brent Perkins said the two plant employees received chemical burns, but the seriousness of their injuries wasn't immediately known.
The MED is home to the Firefighters Regional Burn Center and that's why fire victims are rushed here. Specialists on staff treat burn injuries.
Two Shelby County firefighters and a firefighter from Memphis were taken to Methodist North Hospital for fire-related injuries. One county firefighter and a Memphis firefighter were treated for heat exhaustion while the third county firefighter suffered a shoulder injury.
The afternoon high in Millington hit 93 degrees and 96 in Memphis. The heat index soared over 100.
All three firefighters were discharged from the hospital Thursday evening, Perkins said.
The roof of the building collapsed due to the intensity of the fire.
The fire was not caustic and did not pose an immediate threat for residents near the commercial building, though Memphis International Raceway near the recycling center decided to close for the evening and reschedule for Friday.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
In September 2007, 300 barrels of oxidizer caught fire at Pollution Control Industries.
(2007) Fire at Pollution Control Industries
FOX13 News reporters Kristin Tallent and Matt Gerien contributed to this report.