The World’s Largest Maker of Photo Backdrops Suffers Major Fire

Denny Manufacturing, “The world’s largest producer of photographic backgrounds and props,” has suffered a big fireplace at its facility in Prichard, Alabama.

As FOX 10 experiences, firefighters from Prichard and close by Cell responded to a “huge three-alarm fireplace” on the Denny Manufacturing plant in Prichard on Monday evening.

Prichard District Fireplace Chief David Hale says two of Denny Manufacturing’s buildings caught fireplace.

“This explicit facility has two giant buildings, and each of these buildings had a number of flammable supplies inside. So we attempt to guarantee that the general public is secure. And we additionally guarantee that our individuals are secure right here on the bottom as nicely,” says Hale.

Hale says that no person was contained in the constructing when it caught fireplace, and no person was injured.

Nonetheless, preventing the hearth proved difficult because of the facility’s many flammable supplies. Denny Manufacturing presents many backdrops, performs customized printing, and makes flooring and props. The material backdrops and different merchandise require paint and different chemical compounds, that are harmful when uncovered to open flames.

The firefighting crews needed to combat further fires all through the evening as components of the constructing re-ignited because of the plant’s flammable supplies.

“As extra info got here in, we came upon that that is truly a producing firm that has a whole lot of chemical compounds, akin to paints, backdrafts and humanities and crafts supplies inside,” Hale explains. Presumably, Hale meant “backdrops” as an alternative of “backdrafts.”

Per FOX 10, the hearth began round 6:30 PM native time, and the hearth’s trigger is unknown.

Denny Manufacturing fireCredit score: Google Maps

As of this morning, Denny Manufacturing has but to concern an announcement in regards to the fireplace on its Fb or Instagram pages. The corporate’s final publish was yesterday afternoon, with a picture celebrating Nationwide Cheeseburger Day.

At this level, the injury to the Denny Manufacturing facility is unclear, however the fireplace seems to be excessive within the video above. A 3-alarm fireplace is taken into account extreme, though the response to totally different alarm ranges relies on the jurisdiction.

Denny Manufacturing was based in 1971 by photographer Dennis “Denny” Variali, who had grown pissed off by a scarcity of high quality photographic backdrops. Variali nonetheless owns and operates the corporate to at the present time.

Hopefully Denny Manufacturing will have the ability to get again on its toes. The corporate has skilled its fair proportion of struggles over the previous 5 many years. After beginning the enterprise in his storage, Variali leased his first devoted constructing, which was destroyed by arson in 1976. The gulf coast firm has survived quite a few main storms as nicely, having run solely on mills following a number of hurricanes all through the years.

Its sibling firm, Mad for Monograms, is situated subsequent door and seems to have been concerned within the fireplace.

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