Blackstone building catches fire with ammunition, gunpowder inside

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BLACKSTONE, Va. (WRIC) — The Blackstone Volunteer Fire Department, Crewe Volunteer Fire Department and Burkeville Volunteer Fire Department responded to a structure fire with ammunition and gunpowder in the building just after midnight on Sunday.

According to the Blackstone Volunteer Fire Department, crews were called to the 1300 block of Rocky Hill Road. Units arrived on the scene to find a building with heavy smoke showing.

The homeowner reportedly advised first responders that there was ammunition in the building, as well as vehicles.

Firefighters said that ammunition was exploding as the units from Blackstone and Crewe worked to keep the fire from spreading to a nearby residence.

“Safety and accountability was our number one priority before the first boots hit the ground, getting water on the fire as quickly and as safe as possible was the next priority, followed by keeping the fire contained to the garage and not letting it get the home that was within 10ft of the building,” Deputy Chief Zac Beares with the Blackstone Volunteer Fire Department wrote in a statement to 8News.

“Firefighters from Blackstone and Crewe made the initial fire attack and contained the blaze to the garage. Bullets were hitting the inside of the metal garage as firefighters made their approach with charged hose lines from a safe angle and immediately began putting water on the fire.”

According to a release, mutual aid units from the Amelia County Fire Department and Fort Pickett Fire and EMS assisted with the incident.

“All county departments that responded to this incident worked extremely well together and provided the best outcome for such a unfortunate situation,” Deputy Beares said.

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