Warehouse in Oak Cliff Catches Fire

By Lita Beck
|  Thursday, Sep 15, 2011  |  Updated 12:45 AM CDT
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Warehouse in Oak Cliff Catches Fire

NBCDFW.com

Flames could be seen shooting from the roof of the Solo Cup Company warehouse in Oak Cliff.

Dozens of firefighters battled a fire at a Dallas manufacturing facility on Wednesday night.

Chopper 5 showed part of the Solo Cup Co. facility in the 4400 block of Ledbetter Drive burning at 6 p.m.

The company makes a variety of plastic flatware, cups, lids and plates in the 2.5 million-square-foot building.

According to Solo Cup, the fire began in a wax-processing area, Dallas Fire-Rescue said. An employee tried to put it out with a handheld fire extinguisher, but the fire spread up the wall and into the attic/duct space.

Dallas Fire-Rescue said the fire was caused by a equipment malfunction.

DFR said 60 to 70 firefighters responded to the blaze. Crews were locating and extinguishing final hot spots shortly after 8 p.m.

All 200 employees working at the facility when the fire began got out safely and no injuries were reported.

"Personnel with Solo did an outstanding job in immediately sounding the fire alarm when the fire grew out of control as well as having an evacuation plan that helped everyone out in a safe, expedient and orderly fashion," DFR spokesman Jason Evans said in a statement.

Solo Cup shut down operations for the remainder of Wednesday night. Evans said he did not know if the plant would be open for business Thursday.

The plant serves Texas and other surrounding states.

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