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Workers Clean-up After Fire Destroys Part of Lowcountry Factory

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The smell of fire hangs in the air,, and smoke can still be seen around the destroyed factory building at Dixie Poly Drum in Yemassee, SC. Owner, Pete Hamaker reflects on what happened here this weekend.

"It all started Friday night, during the wee hours of the night, and approximately 11 o'clock is when the fire department got called, and the place was fully engulfed in flames."

Two buildings, and countless materials destroyed in the blaze, and 55 employees are out of work temporarily.

"Its not just the employees its the employees families,we're coming into the holiday season and everyone was scared that their job was over," he said.

But that's not the case. Since only two buildings were damaged and officials search for grants to rebuild, employees will get back to work as soon as this Sunday.

"We are going to be running production on a limited basis, until we can get new equipment, new buildings. We've been working with the different state and county agencies, even federal trying to get some relief for this and some help, because we lost most of our inventory and raw materials and that's huge for us."

Hamaker warned his workers that its going to be tough getting back on their feet. One of the biggest changes will be an operating factory 24/7 to make up orders, and shifts around the clock.

"Its not going to be as it was, its going to be different, we're going to ask you to do things out of your comfort zone, different hours, weekends, night shift as opposed to day shift, and they said whatever it takes."

If you'd like to help, you can go to Yemassee Town Hall at 101 Town Circle, Yemassee, SC 29945 or calling them at (843) 589 - 2565.

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