As fire shuts Moore County plant, other businesses fear impact

ROBBINS, N.C. (WNCN/WGHP) – A fire broke out at a Moore County business early on Christmas Eve.

The fire started just after 11:35 a.m. at the Holmes Building Systems at 2863 Robins Plank Road, according to Moore County Fire Chief Brian Phillips. The business, which makes modular homes, was closed when the fire started.

Smoke could be seen coming from the building on Saturday.

Phillips said no one was injured.

By the time crews arrived, smoke and flames had emerged, Phillips said.

Firefighters from Chatham, Montgomery, Lee and Randolph counties assisted the Moore County fire department.

As of 5 p.m. Monday, the fire was still burning.

“You have a lot of home building materials in there. A lot of paint. A lot or red. So, a lot of combustible materials in the structure,” Phillips said.

The factory employs about 100 people. Several businesses in Robbins told CBS17 that the shutdown due to the fire will affect their business.

The North Carolina Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are assisting the Moore County Fire Chief with the investigation.

They haven’t yet determined the cause, which Phillips said may take some time.

“It’s a huge building. It looks like about (like) a 95,000-square-foot building. So it’s a lot of work to figure out where the fire came from,” Phillips said.

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