On Tuesday, October 4th, firefighters
from six Cheatham County departments
responded to reports of a structure fire
at the A.O. Smith Water Products plant
in Ashland City.
The fire started in a metal dust
collection system. Two sprinkler
heads contained the blaze to the 60' x
60' portion of the 1.6 million
square-foot facility. Firefighters
were quickly able to extinguish the
remaining flames upon arrival.
A.O. Smith Water Products, a water
heater manufacturer, is the largest
employer in Cheatham County with over
1,600 employees. The plant was
completely evacuated upon arrival of the
first fire units, and was back to full
operation within 90 minutes of the
Ashland City Deputy Fire Chief Derek Noe
credits the fire sprinkler system for
controlling the blaze and isolating the
damage to the area of origin.