A Hillsborough business was discovered aflame early Saturday morning. The roof of Triangle Environmental Services, 122 US-70, caved in.
The fire traveled through the wall western wall of the business and damaged neighboring business Los Lago Meat Market #2, 120 US-70.
Local authorities have said the building was unoccupied at the time the blaze started, around 12:30 a.m., and only one minor injury was sustained during the firefighting effort.
“At this point [the cause of the fire] is still undetermined,” Orange Rural Fire Chief Jeff Cabe said. “There was a fire that went up through the roof [of the building], so when the roof collapsed, all the tar and gravel is covering everything inside.”
Cabe said the investigation is ongoing, and that assisting the Orange Rural Fire Department were several local, state, and federal agencies, including the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the State Bureau of Investigations (SBI), the Orange County Fire Marshal, the North Carolina Office of the State Fire Marshal (NCDOI), and the Hillsborough Police Department.
Cabe noted that the presence of ATF did not necessarily indicate an explosive device was involved.
A video taken at the scene by a firefighter shows a massive blaze through the roof of the commercial business. The emergency call had asserted that a fire at the Flower Patch, a business located at 640-A N. Churton St., was in progress, but firefighters arrived to find it was actually the building behind the Flower Patch.
Rumors on Facebook said Jay’s Chicken Shack had sustained damage, but that appeared to be untrue. The business was up and running this morning, as was Webster’s Cleaners, in the same plaza.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.