Fire destroys Dietz & Watson warehouse
A fire over the weekend destroyed a Dietz & Watson warehouse in Delanco, N.J. Flames were reported along the roof, about 1:45 p.m. Sunday, reported the Philadelphia Inquirer. The 6-year-old, 300,000-square-foot warehouse stored meats and cheeses from company factories in three states. The warehouse employs more than 130 workers, though it was closed over the weekend. Two firefighters were treated for minor injuries.
The fire caused the roof and its thousands of solar panels to collapse, reported NBC News. It wasn’t contained until Monday after burning out of control for more than a day.
Dietz& Watson issued a statement that read, “It has been an unexpectedly challenging Labor Day weekend for the Dietz & Watson Family, as fire struck one of our distribution centers, in Delanco, NJ on Sunday afternoon. NJ emergency responders continue to battle the fire Monday.
Thankfully, all Dietz & Watson employees are safe. Right now, our efforts are focused on supporting the New Jersey firefighters and emergency officials who are battling the fire and ensuring that all are kept safe. These brave first-responders are our friends and neighbors. We are humbled by their efforts.
Our production facilities continue to manufacture our premium meats and cheeses. Other distribution arrangements will be made as we assess the fire's damage.
The Dietz & Watson Family deeply appreciates the outpouring of support and encouragement we have received from our friends and customers. It means so much that so many have taken time from their holiday weekends to wish us well.”
The cause of the fire is not yet known.
Sources: Philadelphia Inquirer, Dietz & Watson