Crews battle early morning fire at Blue Ridge Fiberboard in Danville

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(Photo: Courtesy MGN)

(Photo: Courtesy MGN)

DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — The Danville Fire Department battled a structure fire early Sunday morning that significantly damaged a Blue Ridge Fiberboard building.

The department says crews were called out to 250 Celetex Drive at 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 17. When they arrived at the scene, they found flames coming from a medium-sized building — as well as the building’s electrical equipment — at the Blue Ridge Fiberboard complex.

Fire officials say that the building houses a large asphalt boiler and electric switches, pumps, and panels. Units discovered that the fire was coming from an oil leak from the boiler. Firefighters managed to get the blaze under control using foam.

According to the department, the power to the building had to disconnected by plant personnel. Crews say that the rest of the fire was controlled with another hand line.

Personnel investigated the building after the fire was brought under control and found that the oil was peanut oil, which was on fire as it leaked leaking out of the building and into a runoff to a large lagoon beside the main plant.

Fire officials say the peanut oil — which was in small doses — is not considered to have an impact on the environment. However, the building and its contents sustained significant damage.

Fire crews determined the cause of the fire was a mechanical failure at or outside the boiler. There were no injuries reported.

Blue Ridge Fiberboard plant personnel and the Danville Life Saving Crew assisted the Danville Fire Department. Crews were on the scene for two hours and 15 minutes.

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