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Virginia State Police arson team investigating fire at vacant ice plant in Marion, Va.

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(Source: Ken Heath) (Source: Ken Heath)
MARION, VA (WJHL) - The Virginia State Police arson team is investigating a fire at a vacant ice plant in Marion Tuesday morning, after neighbors reported hearing an explosion just before 4 a.m.

Officials with the town of Marion,Va. told News Channel 11 that firefighters responded to an ice plant at the end of College Street, where the wooden building was reportedly engulfed in flames.

It reportedly took fire personnel more than two hours to put out the fire. The fire was contained in the area because of the proximity to the nearby railroad. Norfolk Southern trains reportedly did not run through the area until the fire was under control.

According to Ken Heath with the Town of Marion, VSP arson investigators arrived on the scene at 9:30 a.m. and are continuing to search for clues as to what started the early morning fire. 

"Since the structure had been vacant, with no electricity or utilities for some time, authorities ruled the fire to be suspicious in nature," according Heath. "After battling the blaze for over two and a half hours, the bulk of the structure was gone."

Fire personnel are expected to continue battling the remainder of the fire throughout the rest of the day.

Keep visiting WJHL. com for updates as more information on the fire investigation becomes available.

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