Suffolk Fire & Rescue battle warehouse fire after explosion, multiple cities assist

Posted at 8:25 AM, Apr 20, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-20 17:10:14-04

SUFFOLK, Va. - Suffolk Fire and Rescue is battling a warehouse fire on the 300 block of Moore Avenue after an explosion took out multiple sides of the building.

Authorities say the call for the commercial structure fire came in at 7:47 a.m., Wednesday. When units arrived on scene they encountered heavy black smoke coming from the building.

Preliminary investigations indicate that there was an explosion at the site with multiple sides of the warehouse building blown out.

The fire was marked under control at 8:32 a.m and units are now working to make sure any fires in the vents and air ducts are put out. Units from Newport News and Isle of Wight were assisting Suffolk Fire & Rescue at the scene.

There were no injuries due to no one being at work yet. A few people were in the building, but all got out safe.

Penny Kmitt was on the scene and took to Facebook Live to show the situation and provide live updates.

According to Fire Chief, the building turns cardboard recycling into fine particles, compresses it, and ships it to China.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

News 3 is working to learn more.