Pictured above: Fire crews battle a major fire at the old Maymead asphalt plant south of Statesville Monday night – Picture courtesy of the Statesville Fire Department / FOX 46 Charlotte
STATESVILLE, NC (WSIC) – Smoke could be seen for miles after a fire started at the old Maymead asphalt plant off Buffalo Shoals Road southwest of Statesville Monday night.
Assistant Iredell County Fire Marshal Josh Levan says liquid asphalt caught fire in the bottom of a mixing container, leaked out, and spread to another building which also caught fire. Most of the damages were contained to those two spaces thanks to the quick thinking of a Maymead employee. Former Mount Mourne Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief David Vanauken works at the facility. Levan says he used a loader to spread gravel on the liquid asphalt so the fire wouldn’t spread. Investigators were on-scene Tuesday to determine the cause of the fire.
Iredell County Director of Fire Services & Emergency Management Kent Greene tells WSIC an estimated 500 to 1,000 gallons of liquid asphalt was lost. While county investigators feel confident the asphalt did not reach any waterways, the North Carolina Division of Water Quality will be on-scene Tuesday to make sure.
WSIC client and show host Melissa Neader donated 200 sandwiches from her family’s McDonald’s stores to feed the first responders.
The City of Statesville tells WSIC news partner FOX 46 crews arriving for night shift noticed the fire. The facility is on Bostian Breidge Road. The new facility was not damaged and is expected to open soon.
There were no injuries from the fire. Greene says more than a dozen fire departments responded to the call.