DUDLEY, N.C. (WITN) – Seventeen fire departments are on the scene of a fire at an Eastern Carolina industrial facility.
Officials say Wayne County 911 received a call at 1:27 A.M. about a large fire at National Salvage and Service Corp on Old Mount Olive Highway.
A witness told dispatchers that the flames were three stories high.
First responders are remaining on the scene at the National Salvage and Service Corp. facility.
Officials say due to the nature of the fuel load, operations are currently in a defensive status, with firefighters working to protect exposures and surrounding property.
A number of different departments are on scene, including Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Goldsboro Fir Department, The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, Wayne County EMS, NC State Highway Patrol, NCDOT, and Red Cross.
Smoke from the fire can be seen on the horizon at least 30 minutes away.
Duke Energy and Tri-County Electric have responded to shut off the power to the facility and all nearby water districts were notified due to increased water needs for firefighting efforts.
Residents are asked to take alternate routes as Old Mount Olive Highway and a portion of Genoa Road between US-117 and Old Mount Olive Highway remain closed with no estimated time for reopening according to Wayne County officials.
There are still no injuries at this time and officials say the cause of the fire remains unknown.