A fire broke out at a Winchester, VA, concrete plant Wednesday that gutted the boiler and electrical room at the facility, officials said.
Firefighters got the call for the blaze at Shockey Concrete at 7 a.m. and when Frederick County Fire Department officials arrived, they found a single story two-bay concrete structure with heavy fire.
As the crew entered there was an additional gas line that ruptured causing the crew to take extreme heat.
Multiple blasts could be heard as 55-gallon oil drums were exploding. Gas to the building was secured and the crew was able to make further entry into the building.
Due to the facility’s special use, crews were hampered by a large amount of oil that was pouring from the front of the building which also created a HazMat situation. Units were on scene several hours as HazMat contractors were already conducting clean up.
No injuries were reported but several items used during extinguishing efforts were destroyed. Eight sets of turnout gear, self contained breathing apparatuses (SCBA), as well as several hundred feet of hose ended up condemned due to the chemical exposure and contamination.
All employees in the building were able to evacuate prior to fire and rescue units arriving on the scene. For now, production at the facility has temporarily been halted. The facility does hope to resume production in about a week with the help of generators.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.