Clearwater Finishing Plant consumed by flames

Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012 10:36 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012 9:08 AM
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Firefighters from all over Aiken County battled a fire at the Clearwater Finishing Plant on Tuesday night.

Firefighters battle a blaze at the Clearwater Finishing Plant on Tuesday night.  SUMMER MOORE/STAFF
SUMMER MOORE/STAFF
Firefighters battle a blaze at the Clearwater Finishing Plant on Tuesday night.

The call came into dispatch at 8:56 p.m. that the building was ablaze. The plant was vacant and in the process of being torn down. Firefighters did not have a cause for the fire late Tuesday.

The old textile finishing plant had three buildings still standing, and two of them had caught fire by 11 p.m. Bath Fire Chief Sean Johnson said firefighters were protecting the surrounding buildings and had no plans to evacuate neighboring properties.

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gaflyboy
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gaflyboy 02/01/12 - 07:28 am
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Wasn't there talk several

Wasn't there talk several months ago about someone refurbishing it for another use?

corgimom
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corgimom 02/01/12 - 07:55 am
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I wondered that myself,

I wondered that myself, wtinney.

TK3
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TK3 02/01/12 - 08:13 am
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I.M.M.O. Appears to me the

I.M.M.O. Appears to me the politicians couldn't find anyone else to enter into another mill scam with them at taxpayers expense and the cost of cleaning up the asbestos sealed Clearwater mills fate the same way it did for Seminole and Bath mill and school. Least the fire departments get plenty of practice.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/01/12 - 08:27 am
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Was there asbestos in that

Was there asbestos in that building? You don't say! Well, the fire scattered it all over the countryside last night.

bjphysics
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bjphysics 02/01/12 - 09:00 am
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"Beath deep the gathering

"Beath deep the gathering gloom..."

- Moody Blues, 1967

Tim Rausch
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Tim Rausch 02/01/12 - 09:10 am
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Gaflyboy, a link has been

Gaflyboy, a link has been added to the story regarding the business page story on the redevelopment.

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 02/01/12 - 10:10 am
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My mom lives near there and

My mom lives near there and heard the explosion...she said it sounded more like a stick of dynamite rather than a propane tank...hmm...There was talk of redeveloping the property but some people I know who worked there in the 80's told me there were "noxious chemicals" stored, and leaching from, underground tanks that made the place virtually un-usable for anything.

wondersnevercease
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wondersnevercease 02/01/12 - 10:29 am
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Great way to clean it up...on
Unpublished

Great way to clean it up...on the cheap.

REDRIDER
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REDRIDER 02/01/12 - 10:45 am
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Yea My Dad was a supervisor

Yea My Dad was a supervisor there He went to get his pay check while on two week vacation and found the gates locked. (47 Years at the plant) They sent him $220.00 a month for retirement. What a joke. United Merchants owes a lot of families. Damn Thieves. I hope the guy had insurance on it. His plans for redevelopment of the old place may have been good for the area.

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bdouglas 02/01/12 - 11:00 am
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Heard and felt the explosion

Heard and felt the explosion over 3 miles away at my house. After going outside to see what it was, I came back in and turned on my police scanner and caught the tail end of someone apologizing for not warning dispatch about the explosion and that "we'll let you know if we are going to do it again". So not sure the story circulating about it being a propane tank on a forklift is completely accurate. At least that doesn't add up with what I heard on the scanner. My driveway and car both had black ashes all over them this morning.

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