The roof of Applied Thermoplastic Resources, 707 S. Erwin St., collapsed, trapping people inside the business and resulting in head, neck and shoulder injuries.
Two victims were treated by EMS and transported to Cartersville Medical Center. One 27-year-old female had lacerations to the head and complained of shoulder pain, and a 37-year-old female reported injuries to her leg and left side. Both were immobilized and appeared to have non-life threatening injuries after being struck by the roof and building contents.
According to ATR Plant Engineer Craig Clark, the extent of damage is unknown, and approximately 60 people were evacuated.
Cartersville Fire Department Battalion Chief Frank James said a 50-by-100-foot section of the roof collapsed in the center of the building due to heavy rainfall. Utilities were quickly turned off, and no other injuries were reported during the evacuation.
Along with the normal flood zone where Pettit Creek rises over Parr Wade Road, Leake Street at the crossings of Erwin and Gilmer also was temporarily closed. One vehicle was trapped in the high water at the Leake and Gilmer intersection. Etowah and Stonewall streets, as well as Henderson Drive, were blocked by high water. According to the National Weather Service, 2.2 inches of rain fell Wednesday within a three-hour time frame.
A small grass fire erupted at 1280 Kingston Highway 293 after rains passed over the area, taking with it a barn. A Bartow County Fire Department spokesperson said at 9 p.m. firefighters were still on the scene. There were no reports of injuries, and the cause was not known Wednesday night.
BCFD also reported a lightning strike in Acworth, but according to one firefighter, there was "nothing to it" upon arrival.
Accidents along Interstate 75 were reported with no serious injuries.