Fire Chief John McQueary said although his department learned much from last year’s West explosion, the storage facility in Athens is a different situation. He said West had much more flammable material like gasoline and paint thinners.
McQueary added that the State Fire Marshal’s Office has been to Athens since the West explosion to offer suggestions and help.
He says a firefighter’s truck and trailer were stolen.
Twenty to 25 households are in the one-block area near the storage building still blocked off.
The shelter will remain open as long as needed. County offices are closed, but city hall is open.
The Old Fiddlers’ reunion is canceled for tonight.
When asked about the evacuation plan, the mayor said there was no written plan, but the fire and police departments are well-trained and their highest concern was the safety of residents.
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