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Pesky fire destroys Granbury rope factory

More than 50 firefighters were battling a major fire at Equibrand Corp. on Weatherford Highway in Granbury, fire officials said. No injuries were reported.
More than 50 firefighters were battling a major fire at Equibrand Corp. on Weatherford Highway in Granbury, fire officials said. No injuries were reported.

Dozens of firefighters spent more than eight hours on a fire that destroyed a rope production company Monday morning, officials said.

One firefighter suffered a minor injury and was treated at the scene, but no other injuries were reported, fire officials said.

More than 50 firefighters worked on the blaze, which was reported shortly after 4 a.m. Monday at Equibrand Corp., 1301 Weatherford Highway. The Hood County appraisal district places the value of the property at that address at $4.3 million.

“The entire facility is a total loss,” said Equibrand Corp. President Ken Bray in a Monday telephone interview. “We think the fire started in the northwest corner of the building.”

Bray said he believes the blaze may have been caused by an electrical problem, but fire investigators will be sifting through debris on Tuesday to come up with a ruling.

A Granbury patrol officer en route to a separate call reported the flames coming from the factory, said Hood County Fire Marshal Ray Wilson on Monday in a telephone interview.

“We don’t know how long it had been burning, but flames were on the exterior,” Wilson said. The fire marshal said it burned for a while because of the ropes, nylon and other synthetics in the building.

No one was in the building, as workers were not scheduled to come in until 6 a.m., officials said.

The factory on Weatherford Highway was a production center for rope and other equine products, Bray said.

It employs more than 80 people.

Firefighters from Granbury and eight other Hood County fire departments were on the scene.

Firefighters from adjacent counties also battled the fire.

Firefighters remained on the scene for most of the day to extinguish hot spots.

Weatherford Highway was closed for several hours.

“We plan to meet on Tuesday and start to rebuild,” Bray said.

Domingo Ramirez Jr.: 817-390-7763, @mingoramirezjr

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