ASHEBORO N.C. – Just after 5:30pm the Asheboro Fire Department was dispatched to a smoke alarm at 857 Albemarle Rd, a vacant structure between the Quality Inn and Roadway Inn (former Motel 6).
When firefighters arrived the reported a commercial structure with smoke showing from the structure. An intal search was conducted the building was reported clear. Within 30-45 mins crews were ventilating the building to remove the smoke.
No injuries were reported and the cause is unknown at this time.
UPDATE 7/5/22 4:30 PM – Today we learned more details about the commercial structure fire on Albermerle Rd on July 4th.
According to Samantha East, Public information officer with the Asheboro Fire Department, at at 5:40 pm crews were dispatched to 827 Albermerle Rd for a fire alarm. Inside firefighters found a rubbish pile burning. Sprinklers inside the building had activated keeping the fire contained and firefighters were able to extinguish the remaining fire quickly after arriving.
The Asheboro Fire department determined the fire was started by homeless people who were inhabiting the building.