An early morning fire at the Georgia Marble Company Facility in Nelson was responded to by three area fire departments. The fire took place in an old, unused on the plant site.
According to Tim Cavender of the Cherokee Fire Department, units from Cherokee and Pickens Counties, as well as the city of Canton, responded to the fire.
The units were notified at approximately 5:30 in the morning and the fire was completely extinguished within 40 minutes.
An investigation will be conducted to determine the cause.Below is the Cherokee County Fire Department Press Release:
Firefighters Respond to Fire at Old Georgia Marble Plant in Nelson
Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services, Canton Fire Department and Pickens County Fire and Rescue responded to a fire call this morning at approximately 5:30 AM at the old Georgia Marble Plant located in Nelson, Georgia.
Firefighters arrived on the scene to find smoke coming from the old building which was used for years by the Georgia Marble Company. The building, which is located on Blue Ridge Avenue, is just across from the Georgia Northeastern railroad tracks. As firefighters made entry, they found flames inside the structure and then had to determine the best access to reach the fire. Once they got access, firefighters were able to get the fire under control within 40 minutes. The building, which is no longer being used, did not have a roof, so Cherokee County firefighters used their ladder truck to extinguish any hot spots inside the building.
During the heyday of the marble industry, this plant was home to approximately 50 Italian families that were brought to Nelson by the Georgia Marble Company because of their skilled craftsmanship in marble carving and sculpting. They worked here to craft some of the most widely recognized structures in America, and even around the world today.