Save Money in this Sunday's paper

comments

Cause determined in 4-alarm Charlotte warehouse fire

  • http://media.charlotteobserver.com/smedia/2014/05/30/10/12/beiKQ.Em.138.jpeg|204
    Davie Hinshaw - dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com
    Smouldering wood pallets and cardboard remain after a four-alarm fire Thursday night at a warehouse in the 2300 block of Toomey Avenue. No injuries were reported in the blaze.
  • http://media.charlotteobserver.com/smedia/2014/05/30/10/12/6zbII.Em.138.jpeg|105
    Davie Hinshaw - dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com
    Charlotte firefighters remained at the scene Friday morning of a four-alarm warehouse fire that started around 8 p.m. Thursday in the 2300 block of Toomey Avenue.

Lightning is being blamed for a massive Thursday night warehouse fire southwest of uptown Charlotte, officials said Friday.

More than 80 firefighters were called to the four-alarm fire in the 2300 block of Toomey Avenue after cardboard was ignited by a lightning strike, the Charlotte Fire Department said.

The building, between South Tryon Street and Interstate 77 just north of Remount Road, housed old machinery used by Carolina Foods. There were large amounts of cardboard in the building, and officials said some of those materials were still smoking Friday morning.

Heavy flames and smoke were pouring from the building when firefighters arrived, and officials called in reinforcements. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police closed off at least two nearby streets.

Officials estimate damage at about $500,000.

Staff writer Cleve R. Wootson Jr. contributed.

Trenda: 704-358-5089; Twitter: @htrenda
Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

The Charlotte Observer welcomes your comments on news of the day. The more voices engaged in conversation, the better for us all, but do keep it civil. Please refrain from profanity, obscenity, spam, name-calling or attacking others for their views.

Have a news tip? You can send it to a local news editor; email local@charlotteobserver.com to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Charlotte Observer.

  Read more



Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

The Charlotte Observer welcomes your comments on news of the day. The more voices engaged in conversation, the better for us all, but do keep it civil. Please refrain from profanity, obscenity, spam, name-calling or attacking others for their views.

Have a news tip? You can send it to a local news editor; email local@charlotteobserver.com to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Charlotte Observer.

  Read more


Quick Job Search
Salary Databases
Your 2 Cents
Share your opinion with our Partners
Learn More
CharlotteObserver.com