Cintas employees cover burned and damaged clothing with tarps to shelter it from the rain Monday afternoon after they were removed from the production area of the uniform company at the Upper Potomac Industrial Park. Items will be sorted and disposed of while area clients are served through other locations.

BOWLING GREEN - Officials of the Bowling Green Volunteer Fire Company returned to the scene of Sunday's early-morning fire that extensively damaged the Cintas Corp. building in the Upper Potomac Industrial Park off U.S. 220 south.

Bowling Green Fire Chief Shannon Adams said further investigation Monday by him and fellow firefighters has led them to believe the cause appeared to be accidental in nature.

"The fire originated in a pile of clothing that was in the process of being ready to be cleaned. But as far as the exact cause, we may never find it," said Adams, just prior to heading to Ohio with fellow volunteers to pick up a new aerial ladder truck purchased by the fire company.

Adams said the fire caused extensive damage to the metal steel building where approximately 100 people were employed.

No dollar figure was available concerning the extent of the loss at the company site at 11800 Industrial Park Road, located just off U.S. Route 220 south a short distance from Interstate 68.

Cintas corporate spokeswoman Heather Trainer said the Cumberland location is now shut down as a result of the fire but without impact on its customers.

"As of right now, our location is shut down and some of our other plants are helping to maintain our flow of business to take care of our customers," said Trainer at the Cintas corporate headquarters in Cincinnati.

"Cintas expects no significant impact on our customers and we anticipate a seamless transition to our other locations in the Cumberland area. Cintas is working hard on a temporary plan to put our employees back to work and minimize the impact on our customers."

She added the company is "known for its excellence and integrity and we will take care of our employees." Plans are to have all "back to work as soon as possible."

Cintas Corp. provides uniforms, floor mats, scheduled cleaning and janitorial supplies.

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