GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — The fire that broke out at the Dollar General on Statonsburg Road in Greenville on Thursday has been ruled intentional, according to Greenville Fire/Rescue. An investigation by Greenville Police is now underway.
Crews from Greenville and Red Oak responded just after 6 p.m. on Thursday to the fire. Everyone was evacuated from the building and no injuries were reported, Greenville Fire/Rescue public information officer Jessica Blackwell said. Officials were concerned about the building’s side wall potentially collapsing.
A crew from the State Bureau of Investigation was at the scene Friday as part of the investigation into the cause of the fire. The N.C. State Fire Marshal has also been called into the investigation.
Crews worked Thursday evening to extinguish the fire, which was in the center of the building. Officials said 40 firefighters responded to the call and the fire was put out in about 45 minutes. Crews remained on the scene into Friday to battle hot spots.
Officials blocked off Stantonsburg Road while they continued to address the fire. It was eventually opened up again to traffic as crews continued to work at the site.