2 firefighters treated at flea market fire

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

* Video 1 – Deputy Chief Cloninger
* Video 2 – the scene
* Photo gallery – more than 600 photos

ROCKINGHAM — Two firefighters were treated by FirstHealth EMS during a mid-day Tuesday warehouse fire at the Rockingham Flea Market.

Firefighters from Northside Volunteer Fire Department first responded to a storage building at the market, located north of Rockingham along U.S. Route 220 at Poole Road. The fire became more than a single department could handle and before long firefighters from Cordova, Ellerbe, East Rockingham and Rockingham also responded.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com When there was still hope for more than managing the blaze, firefighters with the Northside Volunteer Fire Department unrolled hoses in order to keep the damage to a minimum. They succeeded in preventing the flames from reaching any of the many outbuildings and plywood-built vendor stalls.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
When there was still hope for more than managing the blaze, firefighters with the Northside Volunteer Fire Department unrolled hoses in order to keep the damage to a minimum. They succeeded in preventing the flames from reaching any of the many outbuildings and plywood-built vendor stalls.

Det. Brandon Fuller, of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, is leading the investigation into the fire. A representative of Duke Energy also responded to the scene to cut power to what appeared to be a storage facility for goods sold each Saturday at the popular flea market. The county’s Emergency Management Services rehab trailer was on site to help firefighters managed the heat.

Fuller said it was too early to determine the cause of the fire. He said he had been in touch with the property owner but no value of the contents of the warehouse.

Deputy Chief Bryan Cloninger, of the Northside Volunteer Fire Department, said two firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation by FirstHealth EMS at the scene. They were treated and released, Cloninger said.

Cloninger said firefighters began attacking the interior of the building, but a partial collapse caused everyone to stand back and wait as Rockingham Fire Department deployed its ladder truck for what Cloninger called an aerial attack on the blaze.

The strategy worked, as the flames were contained to the structure and a nearby tree. Several small outbuildings and countless vendor stalls made of plywood were spared.

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  • Joey Bennett

    Video/Photo links didn’t go live.

  • peedeepost

    The words were placeholders, JB. That way we don’t forget them. But the Post reports information as it develops, and then goes back and processes the photo gallery and videos, both of which take much longer – as time permits.

    Everything’s up now (2:19 p.m.)

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