WINCHESTER, VA – Units from Winchester, Frederick County, Clarke County and Mount Weather have responded to a three-alarm structure fire at Zero Pak around 12:30 p.m. Friday.
The 911 call was received at 12:23 p.m. and Winchester Fire & Rescue arrived on the scene at 12:28 p.m. and saw smoke coming from the roof of the multi-story center portion of the structure.
Other than a small demolition crew, the building was vacant.
At 4 p.m., the fire continues to burn as there is currently no safe way to get to the location of the fire.
Firefighters were able to enter the building on the ground floor through a large rolling door as well as through upperstory windows. The medal around the window panes were cut in order to ventilate the building and provide another entry point for firefighters.
Four ladder trucks (two from the City and two from Frederick County) were on the scene.
At approximately 1:53 p.m., the concrete walls inside the building were beginning to crack from the extreme heat caused by the fire and the cool water from the fire hoses, so all firefighters were evacuated for safety precautions.
No injuries, civilian or emergency personnel, have been reported.
At 3:00 p.m., firefighters began to cut into the side of the structure in order to find another way to reach the fire inside. No update is available concerning the success of this tactic.
The cause of the fire has not been determined as firefighters are still on the scene working to extinguish the fire.
More information will be released as it is available.