Friday, May 1, 2009

Faison, NC: Arsonist Torches Factory

A warehouse fire that burned an estimated 10 million pounds of sweet potatoes Monday was intentionally set.

The fire at Southern Produce Distributors, 110 W. Center St., broke out Sunday night and wasn't completely extinguished until Tuesday. Hundreds of firefighters from more than 60 departments participating in the effort.

The 120,000-square-foot warehouse's structural integrity was damaged, and it was likely to be a complete loss.

Fun Fact:

Southern Produce Distributor owner Stewart Precythe said the family-owned business would rebuild. A company warehouse on the same site burned to the ground in a fire that smoldered for three days in April 1988.

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