Structure fire at Rustburg auto body shop deemed accidental after drawing first responders from across Campbell County

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(Photo: Courtesy Forest Volunteer Fire Department Facebook page)

RUSTBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Firefighters and Hazmat personnel from across Campbell County were called out to a Rustburg auto body shop at the end of August to combat a commercial structure fire.

The Campbell County Department of Public Safety says a call came in about a structure on fire at 955 Browns Mill Road in Rustburg just after 9:15 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 29.

According to officials, members of the Rustburg Volunteer Fire Department, the Lyn-Dan Heights Volunteer Fire Department, the Evington Volunteer Fire Department, Campbell County Public Safety, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office, the Campbell County Fire Marshal’s Office, and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management Hazardous Materials Officer responded to the call.

Shortly after the initial response, units on scene requested tankers from Concord Volunteer Fire Department and Gladys Volunteer Fire Department, as well as two additional tankers from Altavista Volunteer Fire Department and Brookneal Volunteer Fire Department.

According to the Concord Volunteer Fire Department’s Facebook post from the day of the fire, when the first units arrived at the scene, they found a garage heavily-involved in flames.Officials also say that the fire extended into two other buildings and involved multiple vehicles.

In the end, all eight Campbell County volunteer departments were dispatched to the incident, bringing both manpower and equipment. Meanwhile, units from Forest, Red House, and Lynchburg were asked to substitute at Campbell County stations in case other incidents occurred, even though Forest units were later pulled to the Rustburg scene to provide manpower.

Officials say that Hazardous Materials teams from Concord and Evington managed to contain most of the run-off from firefighting operations — which included petroleum from melted holding tanks, tires, and other materials on site at the facility — before the material reached a nearby creek. 

Campbell County Public Safety says the Department of Environmental Quality pollution response representatives were on site on Monday, Sept. 6 to evaluate the scene and work on the long term cleanup plan. 

According to officials, the structure fire — which occurred at L and B Auto Inc/Salvage, a rebuild and repair facility — occurred while an employee was draining fuel from a vehicle. However, that employee was not injured and the cause of the fire was deemed accidental.

If you have any information about this fire, you are asked to contact the Campbell County Fire Marshal’s Office by calling 434-332-9574 or by emailing firemarshal@campbellcountyva.gov.

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