Cause of Polymer Components’ fire still under investigation
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
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INVESTIGATION CONTINUES in a blaze which destroyed a plastics business located in southern Cleveland this week. Photo courtesy of CFD Engineer LARRY HAFLEY
INVESTIGATION CONTINUES in a blaze which destroyed a plastics business located in southern Cleveland this week. Photo courtesy of CFD Engineer LARRY HAFLEY
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Investigation into a costly fire that destroyed a Cleveland business on 20th Street S.E., is continuing. Firefighters returned late Thursday morning to douse hotspots so a further look was possible.

According to Gil Frederick of the Cleveland Fire Department, the initial stage of the investigation shows no indication of arson.

“It could be difficult to pinpoint a true cause and origin of the fire,” Frederick said Friday.

Polymer Components went up in flames just after midnight Wednesday.

CFD firefighters requested water pressure to be added to fight the blaze which consumed the 28,000 square-foot building which housed Polymer Components.

Polymer Components is a small manufacturing company that produces custom rubber, polyurethane and plastic-molded products.

Owner Ralph Brett estimated the building loss was around $600,000, not counting stock, materials, equipment and other items used in the manufacturing business.

Polymer Components services the military, mining, packaging, medical, food service and other industries.

According to earlier published reports from officials on the scene Thursday, water pressure to engines attempting to suppress the flames was low.

Cleveland Utilities was asked to increase water pressure to the hydrant which was located at the incident site.

“Once the ladder truck is employed, it likes all the water. We requested CU to increase the flow rate at the hydrant,” Frederick explained.

CU officials also cut power to lines overhead that had caught fire.

Internet services were also interrupted for Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, Tindell’s Building Materials and other businesses in the area.

Firefighters worked throughout the night to douse the flames.

Frederick also noted the fire was so intense when firefighters with Battalion 3 arrived, that it melted emergency lighting equipment and windows on the engines.

No injuries were reported.