Burlington Fire in Stonewall

By: Chris Brennaman
By: Chris Brennaman

Several different fire departments were called to a fire in the old Burlington plant in Stonewall Saturday. Investigators say the fire began around 12 o'clock.

The Stonewall Fire Department got help from the Rolling Creek, Enterprise, Quitman, and Clarkdale Volunteer Fire Departments. The Clarke County fire investigator believes that while there was a lot of damage, it could have been a lot worse.

"As far as the old building, it's probably not worth a lot of money, but it's saved. The actual damage the fire itself done was probably a minimum for what could have happened," said Clarke County Fire Investigator Mickey Long.

Officials say that even though the fire was contained within an hour or so, there was still a danger present for firefighters.

"It's a very dangerous situation right now. There's a hole burnt from the top floor all the way to the bottom where the fire went straight down. Like a tunnel effect. It's a very dangerous situation inside for the firemen and everyone else. We want to get the fire out and get out of there," said Long.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but officials believe that the fire started on the third floor and spread all the way to the basement.

"They had been doing some demolition work to this building and someone on the third floor undoubtedly had a spark and it just sat there and smoldered until it caught up and started sometime this morning," said Chief Jimmy Andrews of the Stonewall Fire Dept.

The building was empty at the time of the fire, and there were no injuries reported.

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