KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Shortly after 11:30 this morning, the Knoxville Fire Department was dispatched to Tamko Asphalt Co., located at the 2500 block of Johnston Street in the Lonsdale Community.
The company makes an asphalt roofing paper from recycled cardboard coated with a tar-like substance.
Inside, firefighting crews described the burning material as a byproduct, consisting of caked up paper dust combined with grease and grime from a machine rich environment. There were approximately ten workers inside the roughly 60,000 square foot facility at the time of the fire.
The fire was contained to the area of origin in as little as 45 minutes with no major damage to the operations of the business, and no injuries to workers or firefighters.
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