100+ firefighters battle blaze at western NC warehouse


McDOWELL Co., N.C. (WSPA) — More than 100 firefighters battled a blaze at a warehouse in Marion.

McDowell County Emergency Management Director William Kehler said firefighters from five counties were called to the fire at Chamad Warehouse near Highway 70.

The fire was reported shortly after 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. It remained active several hours later.

Kehler said the fire has been contained to the industrial complex and doesn’t pose a threat to nearby residents.

No one was in the warehouse when the fire started.

One firefighter suffered minor injuries while battling the fire.

The warehouse is a former textile mill that currently served as a storage facility. 

“We had one firefighter that was injured shortly after arrival due to a collapse of an exterior wall,” Kehler said. “That firefighter suffered a minor injury and was transported over to Mission Hospital McDowell where he was later released. Fortunately (he’s) in good condition.”

The fire is expected to be a multi-day operation.

“The operations’ objectives today will be to focus on keeping this fire contained in the warehouse complex,” Kehler said.

Drivers are asked to avoid the area. 

Virginia Road is closed.  Drivers should also expect delays along East Court Street due to fire operations.

Power near the blaze was disconnected for firefighters’ safety early Wednesday. Residents in the area were warned to expect temporary outages. 

“And certainly our attention will be on ensuring responders are taken care of throughout the day,” Kehler said. “We’re expecting hot and humid conditions here on the site.”

As of 4:30 p.m., an estimated 150,000 square feet of the warehouse had been affected by the fire.

Duke Energy was working with fire officials to get power reconnected for surrounding areas.

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