Fire Destroys Environmental Lab, Part of Meat Market
A fire in the commercial district of U.S. 70 in Hillsborough destroyed an environmental lab and part of a next-door meat market early today, Aug. 3.
Orange Rural Fire Department was dispatched at 12:39 a.m. for fire and smoke through the roof at Triangle Environmental Services, a former ABC Store warehouse located at 122 U.S. 70 E. Firefighters found an extensive amount of fire when they arrived, and the fire spread to the Los Lago Meat Market #2 next door at 120 U.S. 70 E. That business sustained smoke, fire and water damage in the rear of the building.
Three other fire departments responded — Efland, Eno and New Hope — and the fire was contained within four hours. No other buildings were affected; one Orange Rural firefighter sustained a minor injury.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the State Bureau of Investigations are investigating, along with the Orange County Fire Marshal’s Office.
Orange Rural previously was called to the Triangle Environmental Services building for a gas leak in July 2018.
The Town of Hillsborough contracts with Orange Rural for fire service. The Fire Department covers 64 square miles in central Orange County with three stations, including one in downtown Hillsborough.