Crews Called To Meat Packing Business Again

Crews were called out to the Washington Packing Company facilities again Friday after a fire official discovered a "hot spot."

Chocowinity Fire Chief, Tommy Pendley, was checking up on the building when he found the flames shortly before 7:00 p.m. The flames were discovered in a portion of the building that did not burn. That "hot spot" was quickly extinguished.

Pendley says crews will continue to monitor the building through out the night for any additional flare ups.

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Fire this morning destroyed a Beaufort County meat packing business.

Just before 6:00 a.m. crews were called out to the Washington Packing Company after a fire alarm.

Harold Spencer and his wife, Pam are co-owners of Spencer Packing Company, which owned the business. Their son, who is also a shareholder, says eight families depend on the business. Kevin Spencer says they've owned it since 1998.

He says there was a fan motor shortage yesterday, so they cut the power to that motor, but there's indication yet that is what caused the fire. They were able to save the computer that contained all of their business records.

The area hardest hit by the fire was the office, and areas used for storage and freezers.

The fire chief says the building likely a total loss.

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There is a fire at the building with the address listed for the Washington Packing Company just off Highway 17. Multiple fire departments were called to fight the fire shortly before 6 a.m. Friday.

WITN's Courtney Cannon says fire trucks and emergency personnel blocked off Packing Company Road as they worked to extinguish the flames, but officials on scene confirmed there is a fire at 62 Packing Company Road.

The formal name of the business is Spencer Packing Company, and its website says the business is also known as Washington Packing Company. The family-owned company makes sausage and pork products.

American Red Cross Disaster Action Team volunteers are on scene with their Emergency Response Vehicle. The Red Cross says the volunteers will provide nourishment/water and food to emergency responders until no longer needed.

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