Winston Ave, Statesville, NC
Sawdust Bin Fire
The call first came in as an alarm activation and the first unit on the scene reported that smoke was visible. Years ago at a previous location, Carris Reels had a sawdust bin fire which had an explosion after firefighters were on scene, injuring three firefighters. Units from Monticello, Troutman, West Iredell, and Statesville Fire Departments responded to the fire. Numerous other stations were put on standby for the departments actively fighting the fire. Statesville Fire Dept set up their Ladder Truck and was able to put a high volume of water into the tank (25000 gals). Units from the ground attacked at the bottom of the tank. It took about 2 1/2 hours to get the fire out. The blowout doors on the tank were seen as a problem to get access to the fire, and will be discussed with the company on Monday to have them fall down rather than the bottom being loose.