Huge fire consumes Florence County plastics plant

08/26/2013 10:30 AM

08/26/2013 11:13 AM

Every fire department in Florence County is fighting a fire at a plastics plant now used as a warehouse near the Great Pee Dee River.

A security guard noticed the blaze at the old DuPont plant around 11 p.m. Sunday. Firefighters were able to contain the fire Monday morning, but the plant was still burning, authorities said.

“We're going to be here a while,” Windy Hill Fire Chief John Delung said.

No injuries have been reported. The Department of Health and Environmental Control is monitoring air quality but hasn't reported any problems.

DuPont closed the plant several years ago and sold it to a Wisconsin plastic recycling firm in 2011 to use as a warehouse.

Firefighters are struggling to get water to the blaze because the sprinkler system in the building has been turned off and the nearest hydrants are at least a half-mile away.

Delung said firefighters have no idea what caused the fire because they haven't gotten into the building.

More than 60 firefighters from all 11 fire departments in Florence County were helping fight the blaze. Delung estimated it was the biggest fire in the county in two decades.

This is “the only fire I can remember where we had every department in the county on a scene,” Delung said.

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