More than 25 firefighters from three agencies battled a fire Friday at Barnes Paper Co., a paper-products distributor at 300 Smith Drive in Perry.
The 10:28 a.m. fire was brought under control about 3:10 p.m., Perry fire Chief Joel Gray said. Perry firefighters were aided by Warner Robins and Peach County firefighters.
Battling the fire that broke out inside the shipping building proved to be an extensive operation because of the dense smoke created by large 4-foot-by- 3-foot rolls of brown paper, Gray said.
Firefighters had to cut several holes in the building to ventilate it to be able to see what was on fire, Gray said. Further complicating the effort was the creation of potential entrapment areas as water used to fight the fire soaked the large rolls of paper, he said.
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Frigid temperatures helped keep firefighters from becoming overheated while battling the blaze, Gray said.
No one was hurt fighting the fire, and about a half-dozen employees who worked in the building safely evacuated as firefighters arrived on scene, he said.
The cause remains under investigation, Gray said.
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