Boone Fire Department responded to a fire at The Oil Exchange on Thursday afternoon, which lead to the section of highway 105 in front of the business being shut down to one south bound lane for a time.
The fire, dispatched at 4:39pm, was the in attic/roof area of the building, according to Mike Teague Assistant Chief with Boone Fire. Teague tells WataugaOnline.com that crews made entry on the third floor, pulled ceiling and controlled the fire. Additional work was conducted on the roof to ensure the fire was completely out and remove burned materials.
Teague went on to say that the cause of the fire was a flue fire in the flue for the waste oil burner. The heat from the flue fire ignited combustible materials near the flue in the attic space. Fire crews cleared the scene at 5:35pm. Three engines, one tower truck, one ladder truck, 18 firefighters and Watauga Medics respond to the scene.