Three-alarm fire prompts response from many local departments

Published 10:39 pm Saturday, November 30, 2019

By Shavonne Walker

SALISBURY — Firefighters from across the area responded to a Saturday night, three-alarm fire at Carpet Queen after a motorist reported seeing smoke coming from the building at 811 W. Innes St.

There were no injuries and no one was thought to be inside of the building at the time of the fire.

When firefighters arrived, there was heavy smoke coming from the front of the building, said Salisbury Fire Department Battalion Chief Tim Hurlocker.

Carpet Queen has a store and storage garage located on the same property. A nearly-empty lot owned by a storage building business is situated between the carpet store and Sonic Drive-In. The fire was contained to the store.

Hurlocker said it was too early to tell the cause of the fire since firefighters continued to douse the building with water through the night. Investigators will have to wait until the fire is completely extinguished before they can go inside to ascertain the cause of the fire.

Hurlocker said firefighters determined quickly they would need to attack the fire from outside of the building and did not send anyone inside.

It appeared the building was severely damaged, but the extent of the damage will need to be determined during an inspection.

All of the city of Salisbury’s firetrucks were on the scene and several other agencies provided mutual aid and covered the city’s area while it responded.

Salisbury police detoured traffic at Institute Street and several blocks further on West Innes Street, just beyond Ellis Street.