Flames could be seen for a mile as the tin structure of the Southwest Paper warehouse in Livingston, Ala., burned. The fire started around 4:00 p.m. just as workers had left to go home for the day.
"We were on the scene in a matter of minutes and we did a first initial attack and we had pumpers going and we called in for mutual aid," said Terry Peeler, Livingston's fire chief.
The warehouse contained tons of rolls of paper, which took more than one hundred firefighters from nearby departments to contain.
"Paper is very combustible and the warehouse did not have a sprinkler system, because it was built before regulations of having a sprinkler system," Peeler said.
Because several of the main buildings surrounding the structure were unharmed, employees were able to go back to work Thursday.
"There were very little machines in this building, so the day to day operations should continue unaffected," said Livingston Mayor Tom Tartt.
Because of the fire's intensity and the fact that there were so many rolls of paper inside the warehouse, officials decided to let the fire burn itself out. There were no injuries reported and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.