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SBI investigating fire at DOT building in Clinton

Posted May 4, 2010

— The State Bureau of Investigation was investigating a fire at a Department of Transportation facility in Clinton early Tuesday.

Someone driving by saw flames at 211 North Blvd. around 2:40 a.m. and called authorities, according to Clinton dispatch officials. A truck shelter, two pickup trucks, a mower and other equipment burned.

District engineer Lin Reynolds says the fire destroyed about $190,000 worth of equipment. He said replacement equipment is already on the way.

"The equipment superintendent has already contacted us and he's secured two asphalt distributors from the western part of the state that were surplus," he said.

SBI investigating fire at DOT building in Clinton SBI investigating fire at Clinton DOT building

No one was hurt, and there was no word on what started the fire.

Reynolds said it didn't appear that somebody went into the facility and started the fire.

"Everything was secure. When the fire department arrived, they actually had to cut the lock to get in," he said.

The fire is not expected to delay future DOT projects.

"It doesn't hinder the normal duties too much. It's just a great loss that we lost this building and the state equipment," he said.


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  • pbjbeach May 4, 2010

    Do you mean to say that these four ncdot personnel just stood around an did nothing to attempt to put out the fire or to even call the fire department. good for them they arent hired to fight fires an risk their lives in the process . state government agencys these days are just trying to demand to much from the hired help. fighting fires i dont beleive falls under their related jobs skills an performances reviews process thank you

  • pbjbeach May 4, 2010

    Now the sbi needs to throughly investigate the internal workings of the contracting process within the internal working of the entire ncdot to uncover the fraud in the contracting process thank you

  • TarHeel4Real May 4, 2010

    One DOT worker called 911 while four others stood around and watched the fire.

  • just my2cents May 4, 2010

    I work for DOT. We had a brand new dump truck catch fire on it's own. It was inside of 2 fences, one with barbed wire, during the night, just caught on fire. We were told it has happened before. :/