West Point Stockyards burn down

William B. Carroll
Staff Writer

The West Point Stockyard sale barn burned down this morning in the 1400 block of US. 45 Alt. N., as fire crews were still working at 10 a.m. on the remnants of the fire and cleaning up the property. The fire began early Thursday morning around 3 a.m. Firemen were dispatched to the scene and arrived at approximately 3:50. Fireman William White, who was part of the crew first on scene said that the fire had fully engulfed the structure.
"There was fire everywhere," he said.
West Point Fire Chief Ken Wilbourne said that the fire was so hot, that the initial teams on scene had to park the fire trucks over a hundred feet away from the blaze.
"It was so hot that you couldn't get any of the trucks close to it," Wilbourne said. "If we would have it would have melted the paint off the trucks."
Crews continued to work the blaze until around 10:30, which included taking out all remaining hotspots on the property. Check out tomorrow's Daily Times Leader for more details on the blaze. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.