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Massive fire under control at Sumter Casket Company

Published: Jul. 18, 2016 at 5:15 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 19, 2016 at 1:27 AM EDT
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SUMTER, SC (WIS) - The fire at the Sumter Casket Company is under control, but firefighters will remain on scene throughout Monday night.

Fire crews were called to the Sumter Casket Company, located at 209 S. Magnolia St., on Monday after a fire broke out at approximately 12:40 p.m. Crews had the fire under control by 6 p.m.

The Lafayette Bridge on U.S. Highway 15 reopened after being closed majority of the day so emergency crews could get to the facility. However, drivers are urged to drive slowly and use caution in the area since light smoke still remains. However, some roadways surrounding the business, including Silver Street, will remain closed overnight as firefighters continue to monitor the situation.

RELATED: See photos of the fire at Sumter Casket Company.

The Sumter Fire Department was assisted by US Air Force Firefighters from Shaw Air Force Base, Columbia Fire, Camden Fire, and the Clarendon Fire Department.

Fire officials say there were no injuries in this four-alarm fire. Officials said eight employees were inside the facility at the time of the fire. All were able to escape successfully.

Officials say one building on the property is a total loss, though there are other buildings that might have also been affected by the fire.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

Firefighters used a lot of water from hydrants and said city residents can expect discolored water for a period of time. The City will be doing all that it can to clear up the discolored water as soon as possible. If you continue to experience discolored water over the next few days, please contact Public Services at 803-436-2558.

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