A Dalton firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion and released from the hospital on Tuesday following an early morning fire at the Columbia Recycling plant at 1001 Chattanooga Ave.

Dalton Fire Department Deputy Chief Gary Baggett said Tim Akins was treated at Hamilton Medical Center. No other injuries were reported.

The fire - the third at the plant since 2007 - was contained to building five, and officials said there is little to no damage to the building’s structure.

Baggett said the fire’s cause is still under investigation, but it’s clear that it began in some bales of carpet scraps. The company sends the scraps through a series of grinders to be recycled into other products.

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