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WHITNEY KETNEK of Spartanburg , S.C., rides the merry-go
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Firefighters Keep Eye On Navassa Plant Blaze
A fire continued to bum Tuesday
at an abandoned Navassa fertilizer
plant, more than a week after it first
burst into (lames.
Authorities still don't know how
the fire started, said Brunswick
County Fire Marshal Cccil Logan.
SBI agents have gone inside parts
of the still-smoldering 225, (KK )
square-foot building to investigate,
along with N.C. Alcohol Tobacco
and Firearms agents, said Logan.
"The cause is still under investi
gation," he said. "It's such a big
area to cover."
Flames fueled by brisk winds
Saturday alternoon sent firefighters
back to the plant to help keep the
blaze under control, said Logan.
Departments were there until 3 a.m.
Sunday knocking back the Haines.
"We needed everything and any
thing we could get up there," said
As of Monday, Navassa firemen
were keeping an around-the-clock
watchman on hand to keep an eye
on the building.
At this point, officials are content
to just let the lire burn itself out,
"Right now, we're just trying to
get rid of it," said Logan. "And
that's the easiest way for us to gel
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Lighter timbers up to 12 inches in
diameter continue to burn inside the
building, making ii a difficult fire to
extinguish, he said.
The 122-year-old building is not
worth risking injury to firefighters
to send them inside to water the
structure down, he said.
Officials say the Cape Fear River
has not sustained any pollution from
the fire. An adjacent railroad track,
which provides access to the CSX
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ing the tire, said Logan.
The tracks were closed for only
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trains were using the tracks at that
time, he said.
"1 have also kept a monitor of the
river," he said. "Even with all of the
water that we've put on that fire, we
never did have any pollution."
About 10 fire departments re
sponded to the lire last Monday
morning at the former V-C
Chemicals plant, which hasn't been
in operation since 19X5.
It was purchased for resale in
1986. Co-owner V.A. Creech Jr. of
Lcland said there's no reason why
the plant should have caught on lire.
The building did not have electrici
ty, he said.
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