YORK COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — A pool business went up in flames Friday on George Washington Memorial Highway in York County, leading to evacuations of nearby businesses and homes.
It broke out around 11:15 a.m. at Best Pools in the 1600 block in the Tabb area.
Photos from the York County Department of Fire & Life Safety and WAVY viewers showed heavy flames and smoke coming from the building.
“Most of the fire had already consumed the major portion of the building, the building that was involved in the fire. so we set up a defensive operation to protect exposures,” said York Fire Chief Steve Kopczynski.
When they arrived, firefighters determined everyone had gotten out safely and they eventually got the fire under control. York fire officials said just before 2 p.m. that they were still addressing hot spots and monitoring air conditions. The York County, Newport News and state hazardous materials crews also responded.
Kopczynski said it’s important to do effective monitoring of the air and any groundwater runoff.
Smoke could be seen from miles away and billowed into local neighborhoods. Several nearby homes and buildings were evacuated as a precaution.
“We were stepping out to run out for a little bit and I smelled some smoke. Walked back in the house to grab something, walked back out and saw a large column of smoke behind the house,” said Lindsay Arndt, who lives nearby.
Arndt and his wife were gathering up important documents when the fire department arrived at their door.
“Eventually they came and told us the wind was blowing our way and had us evacuate,” said Ardnt. “At first, I was kind of stunned, watching it.”
George Washington Memorial Highway was shut down from Coventry Boulevard to Production Drive, but one lane of southbound traffic was later reopened.
No one was hurt and the cause of the fire has yet to be determined.