No cause determined for Brookneal fire; crews still at scene

(WDBJ7 photo)

(WDBJ7 photo)

From the Campbell County Department of Public Safety: On Thursday, February 11 a fire engulfed the former Dan River facility in Brookneal. The cause of the blaze, which was reported at approximately 3:30 p.m., is still under investigation by the Campbell County Fire Marshal, Randall Johnson. No injuries were reported. The building was currently under demolition when the fire occurred. At this point the fire is considered contained, but as a precaution local fire crews continue to monitor the site. All Campbell County volunteer fire agencies, along with Public Safety fire personnel, responded to the scene. Units from surrounding localities also offered fire suppression support.

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“While the facility itself was destroyed, we are grateful that no one was injured,” said Tracy Fairchild, Campbell County Director of Public Safety. “The response and support from not only our volunteer agencies, but also the community has been tremendous as crews battled this blaze in bitterly cold temperatures. I’d like to personally thank all of the volunteers, staff, local businesses, and citizens who provided food and other resources for the men and women who braved the elements to keep everyone safe. Again, it demonstrates our community’s outstanding collaboration and unwavering dedication to helping others, especially in the midst of emergencies.”

Fairchild also noted her appreciation to the Campbell County School system for providing two school bus units to serve as firefighter rest and rehabilitation shelters onsite.

“I commend everyone who assisted in tackling this incident. Your efforts made a significant difference toward keeping the community safe.”

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