Arson Fire at N.C. Slaughterhouse Flares Up Again

MECKLENBURG CO., NC --

A massive fire that destroyed an old slaughterhouse Thursday flared up again early Friday morning.

Firefighters worked for hours trying to put out the fire on Thursday. They said this time they'll let it burn out on its own.

The large fire started at about 3 a.m. at the slaughterhouse, and according to the assistant fire marshal, was intentionally set.

Miranda Road, near Beatties Ford Road in north Mecklenburg County, was shut down for nine hours as firefighters worked to put out the flames.

"It looked like the flames were a 150 feet in the air," Jerry Kidd, whose family has owned the property for decades, said. The building was part of Rockin' K Ranch, which was developed about 20 years ago and has hosted rodeos and other events.

Firefighters from four departments were called to the scene and got the fire under control shortly after arriving, but the flames reignited just before 6 a.m.

"With the multiple layers of roofing, there was really no good way to access it," Jason Pack, the assistant fire chief of Long Creek Fire Department, said.

The slaughterhouse was being used to store about 100 bales of hay, fire officials said.

Kidd said it was difficult to watch the building burn.

"It hurts," he said. "I've had some of my neighbors come up today and say this is a landmark, and it is. It's been here a long time."

No one has been charged in connection with the fire.

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