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Forklift Explodes, Building In Flames, Traffic Snarled

Breaking news from Jacksonville in the 5 p.m. hour...

A forklift at Longleaf Supply Company on Bells Fork Road near the intersection of Highway 17 has exploded, catching the building on fire.

Jacksonville City Manager Glenn Hargett tells us the forklift was sitting under an overhang attached to the building when it blew up.

Officials are asking that drivers in that area use Highway 24 when possible. Both north and southbound lanes on Highway 17 have been reduced.

At this time, no injuries have been reported.


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