(07/21/2012)
A call of a major structure fire came in to the Wood County 911 Center Friday evening at approximately 4:53 p.m., according to Greg Collins of the Parkersburg Police Department. The fire was at the old Ames Plant on Camden Avenue, a company that once employed a number of Calhoun and regional residents.

The building is currently owned and operated by Polymer Alliance Services and serves as a plastics storage facility.

Eight fire departments responded with approximately 74 fire fighters. Six other departments were placed on stand-by at their respective stations.

Initial estimates are that the actual fire was contained to 10% or less of this massive building, with smoke damage believed to be substantially greater.

The fire was declared officially under control at approximately 7:30 p.m. Fire fighters were continuing to work on hot spots at 9:45 p.m.

Fire fighters battled against incredible smoke, roof collapse potential, and fatigue before the fire was brought under control, said Collins.

The West Virginia State Fire Marshals office has been called to investigate.

There were no injuries. The cause remains under investigation.


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