Hazardous chemical fire at downtown Calhoun business forces evacuations, closings

Hazardous chemical fire at downtown Calhoun business forces evacuations, closings (Photo via the Gordon Gazette, used with permission)

CALHOUN, Ga. (WTVC) - Firefighters in Calhoun spent all Friday morning working to contain a fire at DHM Adhesives. One person was reportedly hurt, and Calhoun City Schools cancelled classes for the day.

WSB-TV in Atlanta is reporting an explosion happened at 1 a.m. inside the plant. 10 people were inside at the time, and one person was injured. 15 people were evacuated nearby, according to WSB's Kristen Holloway. The Gordon Gazette newspaper says the person who was hurt was rushed to the hospital, but the injuries are not considered life-threatening.


A viewer provided video of the flames to the Gordon Gazette newspaper, who shared it on their Facebook page.

Firefighters provided an update to the media on the fire at 8 a.m.:

Several roads in the area are closed. In a Facebook post, the Calhoun Police Department says:

"Elm Street at its intersection with Maple Street, Southbound to South Wall Street at its intersection with Richards Street is currently closed. Several side streets may also be closed in this area. Please take a moment to find an alternate route while traveling through the city. We will update this information as roads re-open."

This is a developing story. Depend on us to bring you updates as we get them.



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