Fire crews contain massive East Richmond building fire

Updated by Iva Radman - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond Fire Crews have contained a massive building fire in the eastern part of the city, and a potential hazardous leak has been contained.

Flames broke out just after 3 a.m. in the 5200 block of Hatcher Street at S.B. Cox, Inc. Officials say the building houses old hazardous materials and there have been several explosions because of those materials.

We talked with one of the managers at the warehouse and we're told there is about $550,000 worth of damages and losses to the site, but things could have been worse.

The EPA, along with hazmat teams from Richmond and Henrico have determined oil that leaked from the tires that burned during the fire, has been contained. It did leave a contained area, but a second area has been isolated. There is no runoff into any of the water supply, so people do not need to worry.

It took about three hours to bring the fire under control. Crews attacked the fire from ladder trucks and from the ground. During the fire, crews removed all of the hazardous materials from inside the building. Crews were able to contain the fire to the east end of the building, along with help from the company that owns the building.

No one was injured during the fire. The facility sits right on the Henrico County line and crews from the county fire department are assisting Richmond.

There are video cameras on site and they will be reviewed by investigators and management. We do know that the plant shut its doors on Wednesday night at 6pm and that is several hours before the fire broke out at the site.

Fire investigators are still on the scene investigating. No official cause has been determined at this time.

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