Crews respond to fire at Classic Mattress Company in East Point - CBS46 News

Crews respond to fire at Classic Mattress Company in East Point

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EAST POINT, GA (CBS46) -

Thick, black smoke poured out of an East Point mattress factory that caught on fire Wednesday afternoon.

East Point Fire Chief Rosemary Cloud said the fire started on a trash pile outside of the Classic Mattress Company, and then moved inside of the building.

"The company is in the business of making mattresses so therefore there's lots of stuff that can burn out here and that's what you're looking at," Cloud said.

Nearly 60 employees, including Shawn Heath, who works in customer service for Classic Mattress, were inside when the fire broke out.

"Thank God everyone's OK," Heath said. "Material things we can get back but it's hard to get a life back."

Cloud said the company managed to stay on top of getting fire inspections, which helped her firefighters know what kind of flammable material they'd find inside. Cloud said her biggest challenge was keeping firefighters safe in the heat.

"We don't want to keep them in the fire too long," Cloud said. "We're rotating them out to what we call a rehab section so that they can get hydrated."

East Point fire officials said about 20 percent of the building was damaged. That's something that concerns employee Stacey Adams, who hopes to be able to return to work there soon.

"That was a place I'd been for a long time," Adams said. "I did like being there, I enjoyed it. I'm not too much worried about it."

There were no injuries reported.

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