Firefighters rushed to quarry in N.C.

| Published on July 21, 2014

Firefighter douse a smoldering hydraulic drilling machine at a rock quarry on Springfield Road. | Photo: Rocky Mount Telegram - Bob Bartosz

Firefighter douse a smoldering hydraulic drilling machine at a rock quarry on Springfield Road. | Photo: Rocky Mount Telegram – Bob Bartosz

Firefighters rushed to a quarry in North Carolina after heavy black smoke was seen in the area. A large hydraulic drilling machine overheated and caught on fire.

Flames quickly got out of control.

The machine was 200 feet down at the bottom of the quarry making it hard for crews to battle the blaze. The Rocky Mount Fire Department had to dispatch Ending Co. 5 to the scene because more water was needed.

“Something mechanical went wrong with it that caused it to ignite,” said Rocky Mount Battalion Chief Jamie Vaughan. “We responded as a mutual aid department – we just assisted.”

Luckily no injuries were reported.

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