Skip to comments.Amazon Fulfillment Center in Virginia Catches Fire, Cause Unknown
Posted on 04/30/2018 2:33:57 PM PDT by ameribbean expat
The RIC1 facility, which opened in 2012, is approximately 1,100,000 square feet, and its sheer size appears to have created problems for the over 60 firefighters on location. Dinwiddie Fire & EMS Chief Dennis Hale told WTVR that the fire being in the middle of the building was a significant logistical challenge for the crews to move hose lines that far inside the building through rack storage.
No injuries have been reported and the cause of the incident remains unknown. Whether significant damage was done to equipment or inventory is also not clear at this time. Weve reached out to Amazon and the Dinwiddie Fire Department for comment and will update when we hear back.
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I hope the people all got out ok
Uh oh. Time for a new warehouse in Dallas? B-)
No seriously, Loudoun county really wanted that hub.
Bezos doesnt care.
Sprinklers system? Just wondering. Not an option due to merchandise damage? Insurance? Not a good deal for fire fighters who are probably not familiar with that big a layout.
What about the robots, you bigot!
An occupied building that large without a fire suppression system?
Sounds like all the Amazon warehouses need to be shut down until they put in suppression systems, standpipes, and fire lanes in the buildings.
Maybe one of those overworked Amazon employees peed on a junction box instead of taking a bathroom break?
Burn, Bezos, Burn!
What a nightmare fighting a fire in that warren maze miles of aisles filled with racks and racks and racks. Hard to get hose lines into that beast.
At Gizmodo, Bryan Menegus wrote that the source of the fire was obvious:
* Fire TV
* Fire Stick
* Fire HD Tablets
* Fire Phone
Then he closes with “Fire Warehouse Sale!”
Bummer. Hope my dog’s Polka Dog fishy order is okay.
Let’s see...Jeff Bezos was visiting, and wearing pants?
I think Art Vandelay ordered for them.
“So, what does he import?”
“Matches. Long matches.”
I hope I still get my stuff on time.
I’ll put my money on batteries.
And I’ll conjecture we end up with additional warehouse regulations that require mixed materials to have the batteries, flammables, and chemicals segregated and closer to outside access points when the building is over a certain amount of square footage to avoid the issue the Chief brought up about difficulty reaching it due to being in the middle.
That was my other question - I’m fairly certain that Virginia requires sprinklers in warehouses over a certain square footage - especially if chemicals/flammables are stored within.