ROME, Ga. (WXIA) -- Firefighters battled a massive fire in Rome Wednesday afternoon.
The fire started inside the Bekaert Corporation on Darlington Drive SW in Rome. It tuned into a three-alarm fire with heavy black smoke visible for miles, forcing several nearby neighborhoods and two schools to be evacuated.
The evacuation, which extended a half-mile from the plant, remained in place until officials could ensure the smoke was not toxic. The evacuation order was lifted at sunset.