Fire Destroys NC Pallet Plant

Monday, March 13, 2017 @ 04:03 PM gHale

Firefighters hose down flames at a pallet factory in Rocky Mount, NC. The factory was a total loss.

A Rocky Mount, NC, pallet factory went up in flames Friday.

Planned Packaging of North Carolina, a 10,000-square-foot facility that opened in April 2011, manufactures pallets and crates.

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Plant Manager Cory Jones said no one suffered an injury in the blaze, but the business is a total loss.

“We’ve got $275,000 in equipment that I’m told is a total loss,” Jones said.

Jones said he hopes his customers — especially Cummings Rocky Mount Engine Plant — will work with him while he figures out how to get up and running again.

“I’m hoping we can keep that account,” Jones said. “I pray to God they’ll hold off. I don’t know what our employees will do right now.”

Rocky Mount Battalion Chief Darvin Moore said firefighters were in control of the flames and investigators were beginning to investigate the cause of the fire.

An employee who requested anonymity said he was working when another employee ran past him looking for a fire extinguisher. But it was too late for that. Smoke and fire flooded the facility and everyone evacuated.

“All that’s in here is pallets and dust,” the employee said. “We think someone was smoking and dropped a lit cigarette.”

Firefighters from Rocky Mount, Red Oak, Nashville and Nash County battled a blaze beginning at 4 p.m. at 7015 Stanley Park Drive, located in an industrial park off Halifax Road.

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