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Industrial supply company hopes to recover after fire in Yemassee

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(Source: David Paul Murray) (Source: David Paul Murray)
(Firefighters around 2:30am) (Firefighters around 2:30am)

Firefighters respond to a structure fire late Friday night in Yemassee.

Two structures caught fire at Dixie Poly Drum, plastic making company, and firefighters responded around 10:45 p.m. The fire spread from a small building to a larger one.

Over 80 firefighters from neighboring counties responded to assist in the fire. EMS, Law Enforcement, Hazmat, DHEC, Red Cross, and others also were on the scene.

The fire was contained early Saturday morning and flames are out.

No injuries were reported, no hazardous material was discovered and initial reports do not indicate anything suspicious.

"This is next to the biggest plant there is in Yemasee, so it kind of hurt people working you know. The monkey farmers I think house 84, and here there is 74." said Alfred Washington, Yemassee Fire Chief.

According to Owner Pete Hamaker, of Dixie Poly Drum Corp, the business has been there for 30 years. The industrial company has 50 employees. Hamaker says that he is working on a plan to make sure all employees aren't financially impacted by this, especially being right before the holidays. 

On Sunday, recovery will begin to see if anything is salvageable.

SLED is investigating the fire.

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