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Treatment Plant Fire Sends Plume Of Smoke Over Buncombe County

Jason Reed
Smoke from the fire at the Metropolitan Sewer District waste water plant could be seen for miles

UPDATED 12:00 p.m. - Buncombe County authorities are investigating the cause of a fire Tuesday afternoon that belched a dark plume of smoke seen for miles in Buncombe County.

The first reports of the fire came at 3:30 Tuesday afternoon at a warehouse owned by the Metropolitan Sewer District.  The warehouse is located by a water treatment plant in Woodfin.  Smoke could be seen for miles late Tuesday afternoon until darkness set in.  Fire crews from across the region spent the night putting out the fire.


A plume of thick, dark smoke could be seen for miles following a fire at a warehouse at a Metropolitan Sewer District treatment plant Tuesday afternoon.  

The first calls and photos of the smoke occurred around 3:30 Tuesday afternoon.  A short time later, the Asheville Fire Department tweeted it was helping Buncombe County fire departments in fighting a three-alarm fire on Riverside Drive.  

There were no immediate reports of injuries.  Smoke could be seen in downtown Asheville, and all across Buncombe County.

Credit Matt Bush
The view from Broadway in downtown Asheville Tuesday afternoon

This story will be updated

Matt Bush joined Blue Ridge Public Radio as news director in August 2016. Excited at the opportunity the build up the news service for both stations as well as help launch BPR News, Matt made the jump to Western North Carolina from Washington D.C. For the 8 years prior to coming to Asheville, he worked at the NPR member station in the nation's capital as a reporter and anchor. Matt primarily covered the state of Maryland, including 6 years of covering the statehouse in Annapolis. Prior to that, he worked at WMAL in Washington and Metro Networks in Pittsburgh, the city he was born and raised in.