The latest from Cherokee EMA: “We have fire department crews heading back to Attalla this afternoon to continue assisting crews on the warehouse fire. Our office would like to say thank you to ALL the First Responders that are assisting with this scene!”
An update from Cherokee County (Ala.) Emergency Management Director Shawn Rogers:
“As many of you are aware, firefighters and first responders from all across Northeast/North Central Alabama have been assisting fire department units in Etowah County as they battle a 275,000-square-foot warehouse fire.
“These men and women have been working tirelessly for well over 24 hours and still counting. On Monday, Etowah County officials made a request to Cherokee County EMA for additional manpower and tanker units. Within a matter of minutes, we had a total of nine tankers from Spring Creek, McCord’s Spring Garden, Mt.Weisner, Ellisville, Tucker’s Chapel, Broomtown and Leesburg departments staged and ready to answer the call.
“These units, along with fire departments from several counties across the state, worked throughout the night on Monday and into the morning on Tuesday assisting with firefighting and water shuttling. Additionally, units from the Centre Fire Department arrived with a mobile air unit and personnel.
“These men and women are volunteers, have jobs and families, and chose to sacrifice both to assist our neighbors when they needed it the most. They pushed themselves to the point of exhaustion and then pushed a little more and a little more. Some even chose to take off from their regular jobs to remain on the scene until the tasks were complete.
“Know that as your Emergency Management Director, I am extremely proud of the dedication and professionalism that our Cherokee County Fire Departments showed over the last 24 hours. Your first responders, along with many others assisting were there from start to finish, some even came home to rest and returned on their own.
“Please join me in thanking each and every firefighter across our county, the state and the country for the job they do regardless of whether they are paid or volunteer. If you know someone who is a first responder in any capacity shake their hand and let them know how much they are appreciated.”
Background: According to WEIS Radio 100.5 FM/990 AM, the fire was at a massive warehouse in the Attalla; it began around midday Monday. As firefighting efforts continued into Tuesday, local schools were closed because of water supply issues. Schools are back open today. However, there are some traffic issues remaining in the area.