Photo Story: Tobacco Barn Burns in N.C.

Three fire companies responded to a very smoky fire that damaged a tobacco barn in Nash County on Aug. 11.

Shortly before 8 p.m. on Aug 11, the Nash County 911 Center was receiving calls for a tobacco barn on fire on Taylor's Store Road in Nashville. Fire companies from Nashville, Red Oak and Castalia, along with EMS Units responded.

Nashville Fire Department Engine 141 arrived on the scene minutes after the dispatch and reported they had heavy smoke and fire showing from a large, metal tobacco barn. The crew was leading off with 1 3/4-inch attack lines.

Firefighters focused on protecting 96 other tobacco sheds that were located nearby.

Crews had the main blaze under control in about 30 minutes.

The contents of 146 racks of tobacco had to be removed for complete extinguishment.

This was a very labor intensive process as it was done by hand. With the high temperatures and humidity it was necessary to rotate crews to keep them hydrated. Units cleared the scene at 11:30 p.m.