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Business destroyed
Bankpak declared complete loss
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Firefighters battled through the night Wednesday trying to combat a fire that leveled the Bankpak industrial complex near Morrison.
Flames could be seen licking high into the air all the way from the outskirts of McMinnville shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday. The large office and warehouse located just behind Morrison Shell was already heavily engulfed when Morrison firemen arrived. A call soon went out for mutual aid assistance drawing volunteer agencies from Centertown and Viola, as well as an aerial ladder truck from McMinnville Fire Department.
“We were on the scene until six this morning,” said Morrison Fire Chief Mark Parker of the fire they battled for eight hours. “Right now I believe we’re looking at a total loss.”
The facility, which specializes in ATM machines, bullet-resistant glass, vaults and secure storage products, is located on Tom Grissom Road and employs about 20 people.
Parker was inspecting the scene Thursday afternoon along with investigators from the state fire marshal’s office. State investigations are standard in cases of industrial fires.
Parker said they hadn’t come up with a cause of the fire as of press time. Given the devastation, Parker said it could be some time before they determine the cause of the blaze.
While the Morrison facility was destroyed, Bankpak Inc. customers can still contact the company by calling its regular number at 635-2864. The company is reportedly looking to find another facility immediately.