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Feds Investigating Rocky Mount Fire

National team arrives to make sense of QVC warehouse fire that killed 1

 

Posted December 21, 2021 11:11 a.m. EST
Updated December 21, 2021 11:25 a.m. EST

 

 — Three days after a fire at a QVC distribution center in the wee hours of Saturday morning killed one and destroyed most of the building, questions linger for investigators, employers and safety experts. More help is on the way.

 

Another group of investigators arrived in Edgecombe County Tuesday with special equipment to try to figure out what happened. A National Response Team, a branch of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, has started a joint investigation. In addition, fire teams from six surrounding counties responded to the call around 2 a.m. Saturday.

 

The scale of the fire prompted Edgecombe County to call on the team for help. Approximately 75 percent of the 1.5-million square foot facility was damaged in the fire. The facility is the company’s second-largest fulfillment center processing around "25% to 30% of volume," according to company statements.

 

On its website, Quarate Retail Group, the parent company of QVC and HSN, posted Monday that orders placed beginning Saturday, December 18, could no longer be guaranteed to arrive in time for Christmas.

 

The Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting monetary donations for the QVC employees who are without a job as a result of the fire. Checks, made payable to The Community Development Foundation of Rocky Mount, can be mailed to Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce, 100 Coastline St. #200, Rocky Mount, NC 27804

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Re: Feds Investigating Rocky Mount Fire

was wondering about sprinkler system.....

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Re: Feds Investigating Rocky Mount Fire

Sprinklers would do nothing

 

Large buildings use sophisticated fire suppression systems.

But no system is perfect

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Re: Feds Investigating Rocky Mount Fire

@KingstonsMom    Thanks for posting this.  There must be some very suspicious circumstances if the FBI is involved.  They must suspect arson.  Usually local or state fire investigators determine the cause, unless they find something suspicious that would violate Federal law (like a bomb).  It did seem to burn hot and furiously considering there were no chemicals or explosive substances.  I guess we'll have to wait and see. 

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Re: Feds Investigating Rocky Mount Fire

Of course there will be an investigation.  There always is.

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Re: Feds Investigating Rocky Mount Fire

If it is arson, what would be the motive, I wonder?

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@SilleeMee wrote:

If it is arson, what would be the motive, I wonder?


lots of sick people out there......jmo....

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Re: Feds Investigating Rocky Mount Fire

How sad that someone lost their life.  

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@SilleeMee wrote:

If it is arson, what would be the motive, I wonder?


@SilleeMee    An irate ex-employee? QVC Ruined somebody's _____________?  ShopHQ is jealous?  Some sort of industrial sabotage?  Some sickie making a political or other statement?  Could be anything.

 

Seems like it would have taken a certain level of sophistication, not just newspaper and a match. 

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Re: Feds Investigating Rocky Mount Fire

This isn't surprising at all, their small local fire departments don't have the expertise to do a comprehensive forensic investigation that's needed, basically for insurance and legal reasons.