Fifteen firefighters injured in Virginia warehouse fire

July 10, 2024

Fire and emergency response

Fifteen firefighters were injured in a fire at the Nutrien Ag Solutions warehouse in South Hill, Virginia on Saturday.

The firefighters were hospitalized due to chemical exposure, heat exhaustion, and minor injuries.

All were treated and released on Sunday.

The South Hill Volunteer Fire Department reported on Facebook that multiple first responder units helped contain the fire.

They stated: “At the peak of the incident 156 personnel were on scene along with 74 units.

“Multiple jurisdictions and states worked hand in hand to protect multiple exposures.”

Cause of the fire

The South Hill Police Department linked the fire to a fatal car crash.

According to the police, officers were dispatched to a vehicle fire shortly before 2 p.m. on Saturday (July 6).

The vehicle had struck a light pole, the Nutrien building, and two propane tanks.

The driver died later that afternoon in a local hospital.

Police noted that speed appeared to be a factor in the crash.

The investigation is ongoing.

Environmental impact

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management is monitoring the situation due to significant runoff from the fire entering nearby creeks.

Officials indicated that the cleanup will take weeks for the agencies involved and a longer period for the property itself.

Nutrien Ag Solutions is a division of Nutrien Ltd., a global company providing crop inputs and financial services to farmers.

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