BYRON -- One of four Southern Perfection Fabrication buildings was heavily damaged in a fire Thursday evening, but operations will not be affected, owner Gordon Hale said.
It took about an hour and a half to get the fire under control. When units first arrived a little after 7 p.m., they saw heavy smoke and flames shoot from the roof, said Dan Varga, public information officer for the Byron Fire Department.
We had explosions going on from the paint and chemicals inside, he said.
Southern Perfection Fabrication, located at 232 Ga. 49, does custom metal fabrications.
The building on fire was used for welding, painting and administrative offices, Hale said. Of the companys 100 employees, about 35 worked in that building. Hale said the building appeared to be a total loss.
Employees on the scene said they smelled smoke and got out of the building. No one was working in the welding shop at the time because it closes at 5 p.m., they said.
As of late Thursday, officials had not yet determined how the fire began.
Employees who worked in the damaged building are expected to move to another area to work. Administrative offices will move to a new building the company has in another part of town, Hale said.
They wont miss a minute of work, he said.
Three Byron fire engines responded to the scene, along with six county engines, said Byron police Capt. Bill Lavender.
Ga. 49 was closed for a few hours from the Yamaha motorcycle dealership to Ace Hardware because firefighters had to run their hose across the road.