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Blaze at Clanton paint store under investigation

(Source: Clanton Fire Department) (Source: Clanton Fire Department)
(Source: Clanton Fire Department) (Source: Clanton Fire Department)
(Source: Clanton Fire Department) (Source: Clanton Fire Department)
A view of the fire crews on the ground as seen from above. (Source: Chilton County EMA) A view of the fire crews on the ground as seen from above. (Source: Chilton County EMA)
CLANTON, AL (WSFA/WBRC) -

Multiple police and fire units responded to a paint store fire in Clanton Friday morning that prompted the shutdown of nearby Highway 31 for several hours.

The call came in around 8:30 a.m. regarding a fire at the rear of the Mullins Decorating Center at 700 1st Avenue, Clanton Fire Chief David Driver said.

In addition to it being a paint supply store and making the situation all the more dangerous, a large amount of pool chlorine was being stored in the business. 

As noted by the Chilton County Emergency Management Agency in a Facebook post, chlorine in gas form is highly toxic and can prove fatal.

Driver confirmed there were approximately 20 to 30 pounds of pool chlorine in the area near the fire and the containers melted under the heat. That produced a dangerous plume of smoke filled with chlorine gas.

Fire fighters shut down Hwy. 31 to make sure the area was safe for the public. There have been no reports of any injuries.

The chief also said there was no need for an evacuation.

A Google map showing the businesses where the fire units have responded.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation

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