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Road reopen after fire destroys Lincoln Co. business

Fire destroys rubber company
Published: Feb. 9, 2015 at 3:08 AM EST|Updated: Mar. 11, 2015 at 10:09 AM EDT
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DENVER (WBTV) - The smoke continues to billow from a rubber company in Denver after the business caught fire Sunday afternoon. Highway 16 at Hagers Ferry Road reopened on Monday just before 7 a.m.

"We were scared to death thinking that the building was going to blow up," said Heather Merritt, who was without power Sunday night after a fire.

The blaze started around 4 p.m. outside a nearby brush area, and quickly spread to the building.

"We saw a bunch of smoke and then we pulled up and we saw it gradually catch the building on fire," said a passerby.

Seven hours later, emergency crews continued to battle hot spots.

"We were hampered by the windy conditions that we had as well as limited man power," said Dion Burleson, the spokesperson for Lincoln County emergency management.

Several crews were out on other calls responding to a total of nine fires throughout Lincoln county on Sunday.

Fifteen fire departments and About 90 area firefighters came together to extinguish the blaze at Universal Rubber Products on Forest Oak Drive, off of Highway 16.

Three to four acres in the field are burned. Neighbors were afraid the fire would spread to their homes.

"It was two or three houses down from mine and it's just started slowly creeping across when the wind blew," said Meritt. "The fire just jumped and jumped and engulfed that building."

Hazmat crews also responded to the scene to assess any danger from the heavy smoke.

The investigation into what caused fire is still ongoing. No one was in the building at the time of the fire.

An emergency evacuation shelter remains open at East Lincoln High School. No one is there at this time.

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