By Thomas Seller Jr.
More than 30 area firefighters were called to Pollution Control Industries at 5485 Victory Lane just south of Millington to control a full commercial hazardous material assignment.
Two firefighters were injured battling the blaze. One firefighter was taken to Methodist North Hospital in Memphis for heat exhaustion from Shelby County Engine 68. Another firefighter suffered a rotator cuff injury Shelby County Rescue 66.
The owners of plant were on the scene as 30 to 35 firefighters from Memphis, Shelby County and Millington battled the chemical fire.
PCI is a manufacturing plant that had been in business for more than 20 years in North America specializing in exhaust and emission items. Located next to the Memphis International Raceway, the PCI fire led to the cancellation of tonight’s events at the race track.
One of the first on the scene after the 4:37 p.m. call were firefighters from Engine House No. 6 located on Raleigh-Millington within view of the blaze.
“All of these companies work hard staying in compliance,” Shelby County Public Information Officer Brent Perkins said. “All these companies work very hard at protecting the employees and individuals around here. They call us if they want help improving their safety plans.”
Engine House No. 6 has developed a working relationship with the companies nearby and over the years they have responded to multiple emergencies and fires. Perkins said today’s incident is the worst he has seen in 10 years.
Two plant employees suffered chemical burns and were airlifted to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis. Perkins said it took about an hour to control the blaze and no cause has yet been identified.