CONYERS - A small fire that started on a wood pallet outside at chemical manufacturer BioLab was quickly contained Sunday afternoon, according to Rockdale County Fire Rescue. No employees were injured and no evacuations were required.
Firefighters received the call around 12:45 p.m., according to a RCFR spokesperson. Some chemical residue on wood pallets that were being stored outside reportly caught fire.
The fire was quickly brought under control using a "deck gun" from one of the first responding units. A "deck gun" is a nozzle attached to the top of the fire engine capable of putting large amounts of water on a fire very quickly, according to a RCFR statement.
Six firefighters were sent to Rockdale Medical Center to be checked out for various non-life threatening injuries, including heat related conditions and exposure to chemicals. All were expected to be released Sunday.
According to a statement sent by Fire Chief Dan Morgan, "RCFR and Biolab responders train together during the year on a regular basis to be able to respond and combat these types of incidents quickly. That training was very evident today as the entire incident was kept confined to a small area within the BioLab grounds."