A crane was brought in Tuesday to help remove rubble from last week's fire at the Vermilion Parish Farmers' Co-Op.
Abbeville fire officials say Friday afternoon's blaze was one of the worst they've ever had to battle. Fire fighters from 20 different agencies spent hours battling the fierce blaze at the farmers' rice co-op which is located in the heart of Abbeville.
Their efforts required such huge amounts of water it prompted Abbeville's mayor to ask residents to refrain from using water in order to avoid a drop in pressure in the system that could have made extinguishing the blaze even more difficult than it already was.
Another problem was the huge amount of smoke and soot the fire produced that also made it difficult for the firemen. And because the co-op was located inside the city limits that smoke and soot has and still is creating problems for area residents. Many say they have to wear masks outside.
While others say they worry about another fire happening. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Abbeville Rice Mill Fire Update 9/24/2012
Last week's fire at the farmers co-op in Abbeville, was one of the worst fires, crews there say they've seen in a long time. Today Abbeville firefighters continue to battle hot spots at the co-op.
That could be the case for the next two weeks. During the height of the blaze almost twenty outside agencies assisted in battling the fire. Luckily no one was seriously hurt. Now even though fire crews have things under control, they have another issue to worry about today.
According to Captain Jason Harmon with the Abbeville Fire Department they are now working to extinguish some of the rice shafts that are in some of the silos. Inside is highly combustible material. An investigation into the cause of the fire will begin as soon as the fire is completely out.
Abbeville Rice Mill Fire
A major fire that broke out Friday afternoon at a Vermilion Parish rice mill continued to burn into the night.
Dozens of firefighters battled one of the biggest fires Abbeville has ever seen. The cause of the major structure fire is still under investigation, but after the call, the flame grew quickly, and almost 15 fire departments responded.
There was suspicion that the plant contained chemicals, and the area was immediately evacuated. A few's hours into the battle of the blaze, it was discovered that the building had been free of chemicals for nearly three years, and the evacuation was called off, but The fight to contain the fire continued.
The blaze was expected to continue into the night and early Saturday morning hours. With water pressure in their tower going down, the mayor said the main concern was conserving water.
The building was empty at the time of the fire, and no injuries have been reported. Officials say residents and businesses should conserve water, for the next couple of days.