NEW INFO: Duplin County Plant Fire Fueled By Grease

Firefighters in Duplin County told WITN grease fueled a fire at a local plant early Friday morning, damaging a good portion of that plant.

Chief Clayton Herring of the Rose Hill Volunteer Fire Department said crews got the call around 3:35 a.m. Friday to the Valley Proteins off of Highway 117, just north of Rose Hill.

Crews arrived to find the building fully engulfed.

We know 10-15 workers were there at the time when Chief Herring said an auger, used to move materials, was shut down and generated enough heat to spontaneously catch fire.

That fire spread to grease nearby, and while workers tried putting the fire out, water did nothing to help the grease fire.

Chief Herring said no one was hurt and the rest of plant will be operational today.

Crews from three fire departments are responding: Rose Hill, Magnolia and Teachey.

Valley Proteins is a company that recovers and recycles restaurant grease and animal byproducts.


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We're working to get more information about an early morning fire at a local plant.

Dispatchers in Duplin County say a fire was reported at Valley Proteins off of Highway 117 just north of Rose Hill at 3:35 a.m. Crews reported the building was fully engulfed when they arrived.

Crews from three fire departments are responding: Rose Hill, Magnolia and Teachey.

No word on injuries at this time.

We know fire crews cleared the scene by 5:40 a.m. on Friday.

We will update you on this breaking news story as we get new details.

Valley Proteins is a company that recovers and recycles restaurant grease and animal byproducts.


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