A large hydraulic drilling machine caught fire Friday, and firefighters worked almost an hour to extinguish the flames.
The West Edgecombe Volunteer Fire Department received the call around 2 p.m. and found heavy black smoke coming from a rock quarry when they arrived at the scene along Springfield Road near N.C. 97.
The machine was 200 feet down at the bottom of the quarry. The Rocky Mount Fire Department dispatched Engine Co. 5 to the scene to carry in more water to help battle the blaze, which was sparked after the machine overheated.
“Something mechanical went wrong with it that caused it to ignite,” said Rocky Mount Battalion Chief Jamie Vaughan. “We responded as a mutual aid department – we just assisted.”
Edgecombe County EMS units also responded to the fire, but there were no reports of injuries.