HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WRIC)—Hanover Fire and EMS crews are investigating a Wednesday morning building explosion that injured one person.
Crews arrived at the 11000 block of South Washington Highway/Route 1 in Ashland to find heavy smoke billowing from a warehouse-type structure, which suffered significant damage. The roof is completely caved in, and the front and rear of the building is gone.
According to Battalion Chief Jason Williams of Hanover Fire & EMS, one person was injured and transported to VCU Medical Center. The extent of the person's injuries is unknown at this time.
Wilton Construction Company actually owns this plot of land. One of the owners of the company says they use that warehouse to store construction equipment --- things like drywall and plastering materials.
The county building inspector deemed the building to be condemned, which means fire crews aren't allowed to step inside to investigate.
The Battalion Chief on the scene here says crews have been keeping an eye on the building to make sure all pockets of fire stay out. But in terms of the investigation---there's not much they can do for now.
"We don't feel that there's anything suspicious about this right now," Chief Williams says. "But at this point the structural damage is so intense, we've really slowed down and our investigation really slows down because of that."
Chief Williams says they'll definitely be back here tomorrow, and he hopes they'll be able to go inside the building to start narrowing down the cause of the explosion.
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