60 firefighters control massive blaze at Gastonia warehouse

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GASTONIA, N.C. —Nearly 60 firefighters worked throughout Saturday to get a fire under control at a warehouse in Gastonia.

The fire started around 8 a.m. at a facility that stores paper products and lightweight metals. Officials told WSOC that it is owned by Wix Filters, one of the largest companies in Gaston County.

Gastonia Fire Chief Phil Welch told WSOC three people were working in the building Saturday morning when the fire started. None of them were hurt.

One of them said the power went out just before he noticed the fire. Crews fought the flames from inside for two hours but were forced outside. WCNC reports that the first firefighters on scene found four separate fires in the building.

“There was an aggressive attack inside, but just because of the storage fight, we were not able to overcome that nor was the sprinkler system,” Welch told WSOC.

Firefighters said a multilevel roof also hampered fire control efforts.

Firefighters were still on the scene on Sunday trying to determine what caused it to erupt in flames.

According to WCNC, a police report listed arson as the cause Sunday afternoon, but firefighters at the scene said they have not yet made a determination.
A police report on the fire estimates the damages around $4 million.
Read more at WSOC and WCNC

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