Small fire prompts evacuation of Yutaka Technologies; no injuries


Employees and law enforcement can be seen outside the Yutaka Technologies plant in Cullman, where a fire was reported, on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017. / Wendy Sack

CULLMAN – A report of a fire at the Yutaka Technologies plant, located at 460 Alabama Highway 157, near the intersection of 157 and Alabama Highway 69, resulted in the evacuation of employees and a heavy emergency responder presence Wednesday afternoon. Luckily, the small blaze and smoke were contained to an outside area. No injuries were reported as a result of the incident.

"Cullman Fire Rescue Engine 18, Engine 17, Ladder 1, Chief 29 and Chief 57 responded to a structure fire call at the Yutaka facility at approximately 1:48 p.m.," said Cullman Fire Rescue Division Chief Brian Bradberry in a statement. "Engine 17 arrived on scene to find two dust product collection bins on fire with exposure issues. The fire was extinguished quickly, but we had several hot spots that required a lot of hard work to clear."

At 4:30 p.m., Bradberry said, "(The) fire is out at this time, but we are remaining on the scene to assist in removing the smoke from the facility. No injuries reported, but two personnel were evaluated by Cullman EMS."

In addition to Cullman Fire Rescue, Bradberry said, "The Cullman County Emergency Management Agency (EMA), Cullman Police Department, Cullman EMS, Cullman Power Board, Cullman Jefferson Gas, Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) and Yutaka Safety Personnel all responded to the scene and helped tremendously."

Cullman EMS Director James Curtis said, "We responded with an ambulance with the fire department as normal, to stand by, but nobody was transported. The fire department did a very good job taking care of everything. We were staged there. They came in and took care of business pretty quick. The folks from Yutaka had everyone evacuated and accounted for, which was wonderful."

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