Roof section blows into power line causing fire

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 20, 2003

Suffolk News-Herald

Wind gusting over 40 miles per hour is being blamed for starting a fire at Ferguson Manufacturing Co. around 11:45 a.m. Wednesday.

Firefighters were called to the company in the 600 block of Madison Avenue after a section of the roof blew into nearby power lines, said Capt. Jim Judkins, spokesman for the Suffolk Fire Department.


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The resulting electrical arc set the building’s roof on fire, Judkins said. The building only sustained minor damage.

Firefighters remained on scene for about an hour until a Dominion Virginia Power crew neutralized the circuit so the fire could be safely extinguished, he said. Ferguson employees armed with fire extinguishers kept the fire in check until help arrived.