Small Flames Rekindle at Fire-Ravaged Dietz & Watson Warehouse

By Kelly Bayliss, Danielle Johnson, Dan Stamm and David Chang
|  Friday, Sep 13, 2013  |  Updated 8:19 PM EDT
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Fire Burns at Dietz & Watson Warehouse

NBC10- Brian Iacone

A picture of smoke from the fire back on September 1.

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More Than a Week Later Firefighters Battle Hot Spots

Delanco Fire Chief Ron Holt said that firefighters continue to keep an eye on flare ups at the Dietz & Watson warehouse that burned down last week.
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Nearly two weeks after a massive fire burned down a South Jersey food warehouse, firefighters once again battled flames coming from the rubble.

Firefighters returned to the scene Friday night to hose down parts of the smoldering rubbish at the Dietz & Watson cold storage facility on Cooperstown Road in Delanco, Burlington County, N.J. Officials say the flames are not major.

This is the third flare up since the original blaze on September 1.

On September 8, firefighters put out 4 to 5-foot flames and smoke coming from the rubble. On September 6, some rubbish at the site caught fire.

The three incidents paled in comparison to the original blaze.

The September 1 fire caused the roof, lined with thousands of solar panels, to collapse within hours. Thick, black smoke could be seen billowing from the facility miles away.

More than 200 firefighters from Burlington, Mercer, Gloucester, Camden and Atlantic Counties were brought to the distribution center, which is about 300,000 square feet -- roughly the size of five football fields.

By Monday morning, the blaze continued to burn as water issues, the threat of electrocution and other factors hindered firefighting efforts. While fire officials were finally able to contain the blaze early Monday evening, they also said it would likely continue to smolder for days.

 


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