2/2/11 - Warrenton Major Fire
Southern States Farm Supply at 216 W. Franklin Street. One-story concrete block building measuring 228 by 268 feet. Approximately 63,000 square-feet. Located just a few blocks from fire station. First-arriving engine reporting heavy smoke on Main Street and flames visible above buildings. Heavy fire on arrival and building soon fully-involved. Exposures included residential neighborhood in rear, and library building on east side. Hydrants and drop-tanks utilized, along with three aerial streams and three ground master streams. Over 20 departments responded, including every Warren County department, Vance County departments, and two counties in Virginia. Dispatched about 5:45 p.m. Controlled within about three hours. First photo taken at 8:41 p.m. Last photo taken at 11:01 p.m. Regional EMS response included Wake County EMS unit. Regional haz-mat team responded from Raleigh Fire Department with four units. Hazards included fertilizer and stored fuel. Air and water monitoring conducted. Nearby residents evacuated early into incident, followed by wider evacuation for most of downtown.
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