05/17/09 153 W, 1 I - + 13 - 9 Imperial Tobacco Warehouse in Greenville Burns Again

Big fire in Greenville yesterday. Remaining section of the Imperial Tobacco Warehouse, which first burned on April 17, 2008. Arson caused that one, said investigators. Friday, the site's smokestack was demolished. Yesterday, about 4:30 p.m., fire was reported in the remaining structure. Big fire, from the reports. Heavy columns of smoke, some 200 feet high. Defensive mode, as the structure wasn't threatening any other buildings. FireNews has a couple pictures and a story from the Daily Reflector. See the original story for reader comments and commentary. One person posted pictures of the smoke column on another discussion board. For video footage of the fire, see either WITN or WNCT. As for last year's fire, a couple photos can be on Flickr. That photographer also has some pictures of the building before it burned. There are probably other good links out there, as well.

Rhett Butler/Daily Reflector Photo

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