2 firefighters treated at Rockingham flea market fire

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ROCKINGHAM, N.C. — Two firefighters were treated by FirstHealth EMS during a mid-day Tuesday warehouse fire at the Rockingham Flea Market, according to The Pee Dee Post.

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.

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.

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.

Source: The Pee Dee Post

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