A commercial fire broke out around 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26, inside the Buy The Truck factory at 1115 South Chattanooga Street in LaFayette. Buy The Truck is a distributor for hardware flooring.

Numerous agencies, including LaFayette Fire Department, LaFayette Police Department, Walker County Emergency Services, Georgia Department of Corrections Fire and Rescue, as well as neighboring agencies responded to the blaze.

The fire has since been contained and was determined to be accidental in nature, but the cause of the fire has not been confirmed at this time.

Black smoke from burning plastics and foam inside the facility filled the atmosphere and led to city officials cautioning residents within a one-mile radius to remain indoors as firefighters worked the scene.

Officials are working to determine how to protect the local environment and streams and what impact the fire can have on it.

A trench was built by public works to catch any water runoff from the fire.

According to LaFayette police chief Bengie Clift, multiple employees were transported by Puckett EMS due to smoke inhalation to area hospitals. No serious injuries due to burns have been reported.

Josh O'Bryant is a reporter for the Walker County Messenger in LaFayette, Ga.