Clover mill damaged by fire should resume operations tonight

CLOVER — CloverTex should be up and running by tonight, less than 24 hours after firefighters were called in to battle a blaze that got into the air duct and burnt part of the ceiling.

"We’re expecting to be in full operation by late in the day today," said owner David Roberts. "We should be opening operations up pretty shortly here."

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, Roberts said.

"It appears to be electrical in nature, but that has not been confirmed," he said.

Although not severe, there was some damage, he said.

"It’s going to be a little bit of damage, mostly to the roof and a couple of the bathrooms that were below the particular area that was the filter house," he said. There was little production machinery damage, he said.

"The local and regional fire departments did a tremendous job of course as they alway do," he said. "Our employees did a good job of getting things back together and ready to run."

Right now they’re working to get the area cleaned and make sure it’s safe to resume work.

In the 10 years that CloverTex has been in Clover, there have been five or six fires, Roberts said. This one was the largest.

He said employees will run straight through this weekend to make up for the lost time.