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Fire Ravages Rocky Mount Furniture Store

Posted May 3, 2007
Updated August 18, 2015

— Authorities in Rocky Mount were trying Thursday to determine what caused a fire that consumed a furniture store.

Flames were showing from Jeff's Furniture Warehouse at 220 Marigold St. when firefighters arrived about 4:30 p.m.

Firefighters remained on the scene into Thursday night, monitoring hot spots. They had a difficult time trying to get the fire out because of the furniture and the mattresses that fueled it.

“You couldn't even see the building at some points,” witness Tina Lynch said.

Jeff's Furniture Warehouse on Marigold Street went up in flames just before 4:30 Thursday afternoon.

Firefighters said one employee was inside when the fire broke out. Someone walking by saw the smoke and got her out safely, they said.

Division Chief David English said he believes the fire started in the back of the building, an area with a lot of furniture in storage.

“The building was filed with a lot of furniture and mattresses so we had a very heavy fire load, which created a very rapid fire with a lot of heat,” English said.

Firefighters estimated that they used at least 20,000 gallons of water fighting the fire.


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  • refiman May 4, 2007

    you know Charlotte, alot of times, the person who calls in a fire, also starts the fire.

  • fireboy41 May 4, 2007

    I was listening to this fire on my scanner…. They had a lot of fire apparatus there. I think they had Engine One, Engine Five, Engine Six, Engine Fifteen, Ladder 20, Ladder 30, Squad One, Squad Two, and Support 11…. And I know Engine Four was put there to monitor the hot spots over night….

  • jkca May 4, 2007

    Wow, since I moved from RMT 5 months ago, it's made the news almost daily!I must say that RMT has very efficient fire departments located throughout the city. Great Job !

  • spiritwarriorwoman May 4, 2007

    Praising God no one was hurt.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • pikemom1 May 4, 2007

    peach3:A lot can be said for being observant.I bet the owner Thanks you very much.

  • fle612 May 4, 2007

    My husband is a RMFD firefighter! They did a great job and it doesn't matter who called in the fire as long as nobody was hurt.

  • godofwar1 May 4, 2007

    "I was just in there this afternoon making a payment"... KATMAMA SAID..

    thank god for law-away... lol...

  • Notinitforthemoney May 4, 2007

    Way to go Charlotte, citizen of the day for you. THank you for taking the time to report the fire. Without your help most of Edgecombe county would have let half of the block burn before they reported it. I will be having a wine party later next week would you like to come and have some cheese with your wine.

  • Steve Crisp May 3, 2007

    I didn't know the Greene family was in the furniture business... :)

  • myself May 3, 2007

    The summary on the front page, under the link to this article, says the store was "involved" in flames. The store was having an affair with the flames!! haha, j/k I guess they meant engulfed in flames. Hope everyone is safe.