SURRY, Va. (WAVY) — Fire broke out at the S. Wallace Edwards Smokehouse in Surry County Tuesday afternoon.
Tamara Arthur, emergency services coordinator for the County, told 8News sister station WAVY.com they received a report of the smokehouse on fire around 12:40 p.m. Tuesday. More than two hours later, flames were still visible. According to firefighters on scene, they expect to dump up to 75,000 gallons of water to get the fire under control.
The plant was open and operating when the fire started, but Arthur said there have been no reported injuries and no reports of anyone trapped inside. Multiple jurisdictions responded to aid in the fire fighting.
There is no cause determined yet.
Surry-Rt. 31 is closed in both directions at Old Burrough Rd. All traffic is being detoured to Holly Bush Road, until further notice.
Following the fire, the company’s site was taken down and now has the following message:
Due to a tragic fire, we will be closed for an undetermined amount of time.
We’d like to thank the community for supporting us and local first responders for their heroic work.
We’re eternally grateful everyone here is safe.
Thank you all for your continued support and prayers. We’ll provide more updates soon.
The Edwards Team
The owner of Edwards Virginia Smokehouse, Sam Edwards III, issued the following statement Tuesday night:
“We extend our gratitude to the community,” said Sam Edwards III. “We are especially thankful for the numerous emergency response teams for their speedy and diligent work in difficult conditions.”
The Edwards family will be working closely with investigators to determine the cause of the fire, which is unknown at this time.
Edwards Virginia Smokehouse, along with the retail ham shops in Surry and Williamsburg, will remain closed until further notice. Updates will be posted to the Edwards Facebook page as they become available.
“We are immeasurably thankful for the outpouring of support from across the country,” said Sam Edwards III. “With this support, we plan on rebuilding and continuing our family tradition.”