Three-alarm fire at Winchester, Va. business still blazing several hours later

WINCHESTER, Va. (WJLA) - Four hours later, firefighters from several jurisdictions are still battling a stubborn, three-alarm fire at a cold storage facility called Zero-Pak in Winchester, Virginia.

The 911 call about the fire came in just before 12:30 Friday afternoon. As Winchester Fire and Rescue units arrived on the scene, just five minutes later, they said they saw smoke coming from the roof of the center of the multi-story building.

Officials said a small demolition crew was on the scene working at the time.

According to a statement, firefighters were able to enter the building on the ground floor through a large rolling door as well as through upper-story
windows. The metal around the window panes were cut in order to ventilate the building and provide another entry point for firefighters.

Four ladder trucks - two from the City of Winchester and two from Frederick County - were on the scene.

But the fire proved a tough opponent. At approximately 1:53 p.m., officials said the concrete walls inside the building were beginning to crack from the extreme heat caused by the fire mixing with the cool water from the fire hoses, so all firefighters were evacuated for safety precautions.

At 3 p.m., firefighters began to cut into the side of the structure in order to find another way to reach the fire inside. There are no details available at this time as to whether the tactic is working.

No injuries, civilian or emergency personnel, have been reported.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

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