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Fire At DH Griffin In Greensboro

10:49 PM, Oct 25, 2013   |    comments
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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The fire at DH Griffin in Greensboro burned for more than 12 hours. Crews had the fire completely under control by 8:20 p.m.

Police say salvaged household items were on fire. They say the fire is contained and there is no risk of it spreading.

Fire officials say people who live nearby are safe, although NC DENR will continue to monitor the situation and air quality.

1500 people who live in the area were notified and told to 'shelter in place' because of the smoke. They will not be evacuated.

DH Griffin is located in the 4700 block of Hilltop Road. It is centrally located between I-73 and I-40. WFMY News 2 received multiple calls from people who say billows of smoke could be seen from the highways.

Firefighters tell WFMY News 2 shredded wood and materials from the household items caught fire. The fire became so hot that the metals started to heat up and pop. They sprayed foam to help control the burning.

Fire officials say 45 firefighters from Greensboro and Pinecroft Sedgefield fire districts worked to control the fire and smoke. A hazmat crew is also at DH Griffin.

As of 4pm fire crews used 750 gallons of foam and 1500-2000 gallons of water an hour to fight the fire.

Firefighters advise nearby residents to keep their doors and windows closed to prevent smoke from entering their homes and vehicles.

Crews closed parts of Pennoak Road near the facility.

DH Griffin provides contract demolition, environmental and site development services.

Stay with digtriad.com for updates.

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