Massive Wayne County fire expected to burn for next few days

This is smoke Monday morning from the fire.
This is smoke Monday morning from the fire.(WRAL-TV)
Published: Feb. 13, 2023 at 9:42 AM EST|Updated: Feb. 13, 2023 at 12:11 PM EST
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DUDLEY, N.C. (WITN) - A massive fire in Wayne County is expected to continue to burn for the next few days.

The fire broke out early Saturday at National Salvage and Service Corp on Old Mount Olive Highway. The company recycles old railroad ties.

Authorities say the fire remains contained, but there are still areas of the site that is still on fire.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined. When it is safe, fire investigators go through the site to look for a possible cause.

The fire was reported around 1:30 am Saturday by a passerby. At first, 17 agencies were called and eventually, they were joined by another 21 from outside of Wayne County.

Officials say due to the nature of the fuel load, firefighters were working to protect exposures and surrounding property. Smoke from the fire could be seen on the horizon at least 30 miles away.