UPDATE: Worker Injured In PCS Phosphate Fire

Multiple agencies responded to a fire at PCS Phosphate Tuesday night. PCS Phosphate tells WITN that the fire broke out around 10:00 in the Mill area of the property in Aurora.

Officials at the plant say the fire was put out around 11:20 p.m.

Public affairs manager Michelle Vaught says one Potash responder received minor injuries. He was treated on site.

Vaught says the cause of the fire is unknown at this time and an investigation is underway. The extent of damage has not yet been determined.

Blounts Creek, Aurora, and Chocowinity fire departments responded, along with the Beaufort County Fire Marshal.



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Multiple agencies responded to a fire that broke out at PCS Phosphate Tuesday night.

PCS Phosphate tells WITN that the fire broke out in the Mill area of the property in Aurora.

Officials at the plant say the fire is almost out at 11:20 p.m. and there are no reported injuries at this time.

Stay with WITN and WITN.com for more on this story.



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Beaufort County Emergency Management says multiple fire trucks throughout the county are providing aid to PCS Phosphate.

Several Fire departments have responded to a fire at Potash Corp in Aurora.

Beaufort County Emergency Management confirmed they are assisting PCS Phosphate, the phosphate mining facility, with a structure fire.

We have no reports about injuries or the extent of the fire at this time.

Stay with WITN and WITN.com for the latest information on this developing story.


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  • by J.C. Location: Morehead City on Sep 9, 2011 at 01:53 PM
    If PCS is such a good neighbor why do they come in the middle of the night trying to put a smelly smelter in the middle of the Crystal Coast under the pretense of "we couldn't tell anyone because there were other sites in competition"...and oh yea, I forget, it was posted on some unknown obscure web site for the state so they can state "it was not keepted from the public.....anyone want to buy a bridge? It's all about the location that gives them more PROFIT at the expense of smelling up Carteret county. I'm not a tree hugger or a job killer but come on people how stupid does PCS and the polititions think we are? Thank God the citizens banded together{Republicans,Democrats,Independent,Tea Party} and said not no but Hell No! Now PCS wants to build inclosed raw sulfur containers that have never been built before but PCS says according to the design they will be very safe. OK maybe they have a good safety program but you people just proved the point that people aren't perfect and @%&! happens. Bottom line....if it or when it does happen this close to a large population a $250K donation from PCS's public relations want get it!
  • by Beenthere Location: nc on Sep 8, 2011 at 08:29 PM
    PCS is a joke, I worked there for 13yrs. and I couldn't begin to count the stuff swept under the rug to keep it from the public eye. They have nearly every state agency in their back pocket including the high and mighty Bev. They have put their money in the right pockets, fact! They have all the safety programs in the world, but their main goal is production, production and you better not get hurt or they will find a way to fire you sooner or later!
  • by me on Sep 7, 2011 at 04:56 PM
    to iguanaeyeball you dont have a clue! yes he had socks on and had his pants tucked into his boots and had all his bunker gear on right and yes it is a burn! and to yeah yes it is a minor injury! ladies get burnt worse with a curling iron than this! if you dont know dont talk out your butt! I KNOW,I SEEN IT, I FELT IT! ITS MY LEG SO SHUT UP ABOUT WHAT YOU DONT KNOW! PCS reports all injuries no matter how small, they have nothing to hide! too anonymous gee do you think a hurricane destoying eastern nc could have somthing to do with it or did all these houses and businesses in the east get damaged because the people didnt take care of them? and no matter how good you are you can have a fire. Bunyan fire department had a fire in their fire station, new bern fire dept. had a fire that burnt their station, accidents happen no one is perfect!
  • by John Location: Greenville on Sep 7, 2011 at 04:35 PM
    Little Swift Creek Fire Department(Craven Co.) responded to Blounts Creek Fire Dept. to stand by for calls and Bunyan Fire Dept. responded to Chocowinity Fire Dept. to stand by for calls as well.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 7, 2011 at 01:16 PM
    If PCS has such a great safety program, why was there a fire in the first place. They have safety devices that are supposed to put out fire in the coal building. Did it work? If all the money that they spent putting that system in, are they maintaining it? I would like to know the real cause. There can be many root causes for an incident. Would be nice to know what really happened. I know about their safety program. I was part of it until I retired. They have a good program. Something failed to cause this fire. Hope they get to the root cause and prevent this from happening again. Y'all know how to do this well. Do it to it.
  • by iguanaeyeball Location: washington on Sep 7, 2011 at 12:44 PM
    No-one got hurt! The person that everyone thought got hurt, was chafed from not wearing socks in his fire boots (HE WAS NOT BURNED OR INJURED). You people need to find out all the facts before you speak your peace.
  • by disgusted Location: washington on Sep 7, 2011 at 11:49 AM
    its real clear to me people who dont know what they are taking about! PCS has an excellent training program and saftey record. the reason you hear about us and not other businesses is because we dont hide nothing! Yeah someone got hurt fighting a fire, same as if they were fighting a fire a your house. Accidents happen, who hasn't had a car wreck? opps I guess you have a bad saftey record better shut you down and take your licesens away!Oh and by the way it was a 4cm burn, minor injury but was still reported. so quit jumping to conclustions and trying to make things bigger than they are just to bad mouth a company that you dont like or wouldnt hire you! JUST GROW UP!
  • by Yeah Location: Right on Sep 7, 2011 at 11:22 AM
    PCS seems to cover injuries up pretty well. I wonder if this injury is only minor? We may find out later that this person had 2nd or 3rd degree burns!! And before I have any PCS supporters jumping all over my statement, I happen to know how the company is first hand, so if you don't know, keep your comments to yourself.
  • by Shine Location: NE NC on Sep 7, 2011 at 07:25 AM
    Don't like PCS???? It is a huge place - so talk them down and run them out of town...... whatcha gonna do in Aurora? uhhhh. the dollar store or sit at the boat ramp... I like Aurora and PCS. By the way if your house you have a house fire in the next couple of days regardless of the origin --- can we talk about the way that you practice safety at home?????
  • by Stephanie Location: New Bern on Sep 7, 2011 at 06:11 AM
    My husband has worked at pcs for 6yrs and we have been together for 3yrs. And in the 3yrs their has only been 2 major accidents. So give pcs a break they are human beings after all. We all make mistakes at some point in time. They are trying to better their company. They just started a new position a few months ago that they call Saftey Rover. They have one person to every shift that walk around and look for safety problems and guide the ones at fault into the right direction. No one is perfect.
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