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DNR: Plant fire runoff kills fish in Marietta

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Officials say the Marietta chemical plant fire that was visible for miles is to blame for a number of fish found dead in a nearby creek.

Marietta police and fire crews continued on Saturday, May 24, to work a fire at a chemical plant on Industrial Park Drive.

After battling the blaze all Friday night and Saturday, crews were hoping to be able to search the inside of the warehouse for what started the fire. Firefighters got the call about the fire around 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 23.

The city of Marietta says, calls came in for two days about fish found dead along the creek. The DNR says some of the the runoff ended up in the creek and fish were seen dead for almost six miles.

The plant is owned by AmRep, a company that manufactures industrial cleaners and automotive chemicals.

The creek is back to normal but the DNR says AmRep may have to pay for the cleanup and the drain on taxpayer resources.

Cobb Parkway was shut down for hours Friday night, causing major gridlock on both Cobb Parkway and I-75.

Officials said surrounding businesses had been evacuated and the entire area was shut down. Over 25 units worked to battle the blaze.

There were no reports of any injuries.

According to officials, investigators have been able to rule out foul play or arson as a cause.

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