State Fire Marshal To Investigate Waverly Business Fire

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The State Fire Marshal's office is still looking into what started a fire at Van Rob Waverly Inc. on 2nd Street in Pike County.

Black smoke could be seen from 15 miles away on Tuesday afternoon according to Waverly’s Fire Chief Randy Armbruster.

“Rubber roofing on a building this size usually generates huge amounts of black smoke.”  

Ed Bolton an employee of Van Rob Waverly Inc. said he just got home when he saw the smoke.

“You could see the flames shooting off the roof from right outside my house. Its kinda scary,” Bolton told 10TV’s Jason Frazer.

Fire crews from more than seven departments responded to the industrial fire. By the time fire crews arrived, the chief says everyone had evacuated the building.

“We had one firefighter who was little bit overcome with heat. We put him in rehab for a few minutes but he was ok and back on the job 20 minutes later.”

The fire chief tells 10TV the fire does not appear suspicious. He believes a spark in the vent system may be to blame.

One employee told 10TV he was told not to report to work Wednesday.

The fire chief says it will likely be a few days before the affected workers will be allowed to return.

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