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Blaze consumes materials at biochar plant on Fredonia Mountain

March 18, 2017 – On Thursday, March 16, a fire consumed wood and charcoal housed in a 12,000 square foot metal building on Fredonia Mountain.

Units responded to the fire about 7:30 p.m. Thursday from Fredonia Volunteer Fire Department (VFD), Dunlap VFD, and Cagle VFD, according to Fredonia Fire Chief Brian Ruehling.

It’s a manufacturing plant for charcoal,” Ruehling said. “The room where they do it was pretty much involved when we got there.” The fuel that was burning he described as “wood and piles of charcoal.”

Firefighters expended 7,500 gallons of water on the blaze, and were on the site until after 11 p.m., he said.

The metal and concrete building is a “three-sided shed with an open front,” Chief Ruehling said. “It’s a very tall structure. It was the stuff they use to make the finished product that burned.”

The building itself sustained no damage, he said, and there were no injuries. The property is located at 548 Barbrow Road and is described on the parcel detail as a “biochar plant,” owned by Carbon Black Global LLC.