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Roof Catches Fire at Wilson Tire Plant

Posted May 30, 2007

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— A flammable roofing material is believed to be the cause of a fire that struck the Bridgestone Firestone Wilson tire plant Wednesday.

No one was injured in the spontaneous fire that ignited on the roof of the company's warehouse.

Roofing contractors had been working on the roof shortly before the fire was discovered. The flames were quickly extinguished by the plant's local emergency response team and, with the help of the local fire departments, cooled all the remaining hot spots to prevent a flare up.

The fire was contained to the roof and never entered the warehouse, according to the company.

"An investigation was immediately initiated and appropriate countermeasures will be taken to prevent a reoccurrence," the company said in a statement.


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  • nyrfan4ever May 31, 2007

    The City of Wilson Fire/Rescue services along with The Toisnot Volunteer Rurual Fire Dept., East Nash Volunteer FIRE/RESCUE, Silver Lake Volunteer Fire Dept., and Bakertown Volunteer Fire Dept. (all based in Wilson COunty) responded to the fire. It was about 12:30 yesterday afternon. A Toisnot Volunteer Asst. Chief and The City's Battalion Commander used The Unified Command System to control the scence and use all respoinding units appropriately. Most of the units cleared the scene by around 4:00 PM.

  • browneyedgirl May 31, 2007

    Firefighter means that wilson has a great fire dept. and not sure about what time, all i know is that it happened sometime yesterday.

  • just my2cents May 31, 2007

    fire fighter, I don't follow you, what's that mean? What time did this happen?

  • bigbr0ther May 31, 2007

    Wilson is a astronomical fire department...you follow me

  • jaynet May 31, 2007

    Is it just me? WHY would you use a FLAMMABLE roofing material? And if roofing contractors had been working on the roof shortly before the fire.........was someone smoking and perhaps threw down their cigarette (ie, littered) on the roof? Sounds a bit suspicious to be spontaneous..............