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Warehouse fire in Courtland [Update]

Published 2:11pm Wednesday, October 9, 2013

COURTLAND—After being at the fire all night Wednesday, emergency crews were working to prevent extension and rekindles in the Hancock Peanut Company warehouse as of around 3 p.m. Thursday, said Major Gene Drewery, spokesman for the Southampton County Sheriff’s Office.

The fire is no longer openly burning, but there is still smoke coming from it, said Drewery.

They are trying to get the peanuts out of the building in an effort to stop the spread of the fire to another warehouse, he added.

Drewery also said he did not know if the warehouse could be saved at this point. He could not say if anyone had been hurt during the fire. But an official with Southampton Memorial Hospital confirmed that three firefighters were treated and released for undisclosed reasons.

Virginia 35 is blocked from the Highway 58 overpass to Main Street in Courtland to non-residents.

The sheriff’s office got the call Wednesday at 12:08 p.m. that one of the peanut warehouses was on fire, Drewery said. It is unknown at this time the cause of the fire.

Despite repeated attempts, no one could be reached by press time for an update on the situation.

The Hancock Peanut Company was founded in the early 1940s by a Courtland-based family. Harvey Pope, who had worked for the company since 1945, purchased it in 1980. Today, the Hancock Peanut facility is owned by Jimbo’s Jumbos, Inc., of Edenton, N.C. Jimbo’s Jumbos is a subsidiary of Meherrin Agricultural and Chemical Company in Severn, N.C.

When called for comment, no company spokespeople were available.

  • UrMegesty

    I wonder how it started..did they report that? I know the hard work that goes into peanuts, and those deer are nothing compared to a fire…my humor was in bad taste, I apologize! Thanks to everyone who is helping out…I’m terrified of anything that burns hotter than a low-setting on my stove so I know it’s challenging!

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  • FromHere

    socolady, I agree. If smoke comes out of a house window in Hampton Roads, it’s on every new channel. This is a very big deal for our county, involving a great deal of damage, money and potential for bigger disaster.

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  • chilimac72

    WAVY reported this only took a few hours to put out. Good to see TN is on the ball on this one at least.

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  • socolady

    I am disappointed that the Tidewater News has not seen this as an important event for our area and updated it. Thank you to all of the fire fighters, deputies, EMT and all of the other people that we do not think of during a major fire like this. The dispatchers have also done an awesome job. These people have come from many areas to assist with this fire. They have given their time and left their families to not only respond to this but they also took the time to have the training to do their jobs. Thank you is such a small way to show our appreciation for their dedication to ensure the areas safety, but I say thanks to each and every one of you.

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  • Miss Scarlet

    13 fire departments on scene for many hours last night into the morning, then called in again this morning… Two warehouses full of peanuts lost! VERY sad! Some people do not understand all the hard work that goes into peanuts! No one was hurt, just smoke inhalation.

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  • misslucille40

    Does anyone know anymore about this?I thought the paper would have updated the story by now. Was anyone hurt?

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    • proudusmarinemom

      the departments are still out there fighting this. several of the firefighters have been taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation

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  • MyHometown

    Not funny! Lots of hard work down the drain:(

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    • mbrya023

      You are so right! Not a laughing matter at all.

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    • UrMegesty

      Maybe the community will band together and help donate funds to fix this!

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      • country girl

        UrMegesty…..u know they had insurance. that will cover it.

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  • UrMegesty

    Roasted peanuts perhaps? Ahhh..just kidding..I’ll only feel bad if someone is injured. Got to find humor in everything, that’s what life is about!

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