Fire Reported at Lumber Liquidators in Toano

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Units from the James City-Bruton Volunteer Fire Department work to fight a fire at Lumber Liquidators on Friday. (Courtesy Billy Apperson)
Units from the James City-Bruton Volunteer Fire Department work to fight a fire at Lumber Liquidators on Friday. (Courtesy Billy Apperson)

Update 4:20 p.m.: Firefighters remain on scene, though no additional fire has been found in the dust handling unit.

Apperson said the work is especially taxing on the firefighters, as they must work in full fire-fighting gear in the hot afternoon. An average of 16 firefighters have been on scene all day.

The firefighters are expected to remain on scene until at least 6:30 to 7 p.m.

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Original Post: Emergency responders are on scene at a fire at Lumber Liquidators in Toano.

Billy Apperson of the James City-Bruton Volunteer Fire Department said a fire was discovered in a dust handling unit. Firefighters are working to open the unit to determine the size of the fire.

Firefighters responded to the incident at 10:27 a.m. and remain on scene. Apperson said he expects it will take “some time” to quell the blaze.

The fire must be fought carefully as the dusts in the unit will burn quickly if exposed to the right atmospheric conditions.

Lumber Liquidators is located in the Stonehouse Industrial Park near Toano. The company’s corporate headquarters is located there along with a more than 300,000-square-foot production center.