Fire at Grady-White Boats forces employees to evacuate

Courtesy of Greenville Fire/Rescue

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Multiple fire and rescue units responded to a fire at Grady-White Boats on Martin Luther King Jr. Highway in Pitt County Monday afternoon.

The call came in around 3:45 p.m. for reports of heavy smoke coming from the building, and the staff was forced to evacuate.

Greenville Fire and Rescue, along with the Staton House Fire Department, responded to the scene, but the sprinkler system had already put out the fire.

“We had a small fire in our small parts area,” said Mark Doggett, who works at Grady-White.  “It was contained very quickly by our sprinkler system. We evacuated all of our people because there is some smoke. Everyone is accounted for. Everybody is safe. Now, we just need to get the smoke out of the plant, get things cleaned up tonight, and get back to work tomorrow.”

Minimal damage is expected but the staff has not been able to return inside because of the smoke.

Staff are expected to be allowed back inside Tuesday at 7 a.m.



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