Sweet potato material sparks dryer fire at Farmville plant

Published: Aug. 12, 2019 at 8:28 PM EDT
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Six fire departments responded to a fire at a Farmville plant Monday all thanks to sweet potatoes.

Five Pitt County agencies and a department from Greene County responded to a fire at the Natural Blend facility in Farmville just before 1:00 p.m.

The plant makes sweet potato based products and firefighters say that a commercial dryer ignited some of the sweet potato material.

Nobody was injured and employees were evacuated as a precaution.

The six volunteer departments responded to make sure there were enough resources to contain the fire.

Farmville Fire Chief Tommy Brady says, "With it being a hot day, with it being a large commercial structure and being a volunteer based department we have requested mutual aid aspects from our neighboring departments to bring in extra personnel for manpower."

The factory was the site of a silo fire that burned for several weeks back in 2015.

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