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Concerns raised about disposal of Warrenton fire debris

Posted March 16, 2011 6:05 p.m. EDT
Updated March 16, 2011 6:09 p.m. EDT

— The company hired to remove debris from an agricultural supply store that burned to the ground last month in Warrenton did not obtain a demolition permit, WRAL News learned Wednesday, and Vance County is receiving complaints that debris from that fire is being dumped illegally.

Southern States Farm & Garden, at 216 W. Franklin St., caught fire on Feb. 2, 2011. The store sold hazardous and flammable materials, including fertilizer, aerosols, propane and ammunition, and authorities responding to the blaze were concerned that the chemicals would run into the town's water supply. 

WW Earthmover and Logging in Vance County got the contract to demolish the building after the fire and to deal with any hazardous debris. 

The county is investigating complaints from people who live near a dump site on Gun Club Road in Vance County that materials from the store are being illegally dumped there.

William Wilkerson, the owner of WW Earthmover and Logging, said his company is disposing of the debris properly at approved landfills and recycling facilities.

County and state inspectors were at the dump site Wednesday to investigate the matter, but they didn't release any details.