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Crews put out fire at Rhea County plant following chemical spill, no injuries reported

It happened in Dayton at Hiwassee Machine and Fabrication on Appalachian Drive around 6:30 p.m.
Credit: Rhea County Mayor George Thacker

RHEA COUNTY, Tenn. — Several agencies were called to a fire and chemical spill in Rhea County on Wednesday night.

It happened in Dayton at Hiwassee Machine and Fabrication on Appalachian Drive around 6:30 p.m.

Rhea County Mayor George Thacker confirmed the fire and chemical spill.

Thacker says the fire is out and no one was injured but area hospitals were notified in the event about the incident, just in case someone was hurt.

Thacker said police and fire agencies from the county and the city of Dayton responded to the incident along with a HAZMAT crew from Hamilton County.

Thacker says fire agencies from some surrounding counties were placed on standby as a precaution.

Thacker says there is no threat to the public.

The cause of the incident is unknown and will be under investigation.

Update: The scene is clear and the traffic control points have been opened to regular traffic. Residents in this area...

Posted by Rhea County Sheriffs Department on Wednesday, October 20, 2021

This story was originally reported by WRCB and will be updated as more information is made available.