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Crews battle Kinston textile plant fire

Posted November 2, 2011
Updated November 3, 2011

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— Three firefighters suffered minor injuries Wednesday morning while battling a fire at a Kinston textile plant, which has caught fire at least four times in the past two years, according to authorities.

Smoke poured from the Kinston Fibers building, at 190 Neuse Road, for hours after the fire was reported at 6:20 a.m.

"All I saw was the smoke coming out," said Earl Norris, who lives across the street and was awakened by the sound of sirens.

Crews battle fire at Kinston textile plant Crews battle fire at Kinston textile plant

Authorities say it could take two days to extinguish the blaze.

Crews used equipment to tear side panels off the metal building for access inside, and 1,000-pound bales of cotton were pulled outside using heavy machinery and then doused with water to stop them from smoldering.

The three injured firefighters, whose names were not released, were taken to Lenoir Memorial Hospital, where they were treated and released, Kinston Fire Department Assistant Chief Don Crawford said.

"I can't say right now if (the fire) is suspicious or not," Crawford said.

Agents with the State Bureau of Investigation and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were helping to investigate the cause of the fire.

Firefighters have responded to at least four fires at the plant in the past two years, Crawford said.

On Wednesday, volunteer firefighters from Sandy Bottom, Wysefork, Southwood, Deep Run, North Lenoir, Hugo, Sand Hill and Pink Hill assisted in battling the fire.


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  • Nunya123 Nov 2, 2011

    Textile plants, depending on the fiber, are notorious fire hazards. Fibers floating around can enter machinery and start fires in an instant. Rayon, Cotton and other cellulose fibers are extremely flammable. 4 fires in 2 years in a cotton mill doesn't seem too excessive since they don't state how large the fires are. While visiting a vendor, I watched a Rayon line burn (approximately 60-80 linear feet) up in less than 30 seconds from the picker through the last loom and then it was over. Nothing else damaged or anyone hurt. The operators went about cleaning and reloading. The sprinklers didn't even have time to react.

  • SmokeWagon Nov 2, 2011

    ..."According to our Republicant friends....
    OSHA is a waste of time....
    This is just capitalism playing itself out....
    If a company didn't want to catch on fire, they wouldn't....
    business had just been run by conservatives, the fire never would have started...."

    LOL@U...gotta be brain damage or an overdose of sheep dip...!!

  • mfarmer1 Nov 2, 2011

    four fires, very strange.

  • zonk Nov 2, 2011

    bigal02282 says some incoherent stuff. Sure he did not go to Duke.

  • saltnsanddefenderofdamiddleclass Nov 2, 2011

    it's terrible when people go political during catastrophes.

  • lilrednekgrl Nov 2, 2011

    Well Said Durbingoodwin!

  • wildcat Nov 2, 2011

    fire causes more people to be unemployed.

  • diana123 Nov 2, 2011

    sounds like an insurance payoff to me. rats, i smell

  • bigal02282 Nov 2, 2011

    According to our Republicant friends, OSHA is a waste of time, money and energy. This is just capitalism playing itself out as it should. If a company didn't want to catch on fire, they wouldn't provide the flame. No company in would burn to the ground because it is counter-productive to making money and pleasing the consumer. If this business had just been run by conservatives, the fire never would have started....

  • durbingoodwin Nov 2, 2011

    Sounds like OSHA needs to pay a visit...