Fire Devastates QVC Distribution Center

ROCKY MOUNT, North Carolina, U.S. (AP) – A fire ripped through a North Carolina distribution center for television shopping chain QVC early Saturday morning, leaving extensive damage to facilities, they reported. The authorities.

More than 300 employees were working at the site near Rocky Mount at the time the fire was reported shortly after 2 a.m., The News & Observer reported. At the moment there is no report of injuries.

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QVC representatives noted that all of the employees were safely evicted from the warehouse and accounted for, except for one who had not yet contacted his family, according to Edgecombe County Administrator Eric Evans. Hours earlier Saturday, Evans had said that all of the center’s employees had been accounted for.

In a subsequent statement, QVC said it was working with local authorities to confirm the safety of all employees and contractors at the facility. He added that about 2,000 “team members” worked at the complex, spread over three shifts.

Evans said a “main section” of the 365,000-square-meter (1.2 million-square-foot) facility appeared to have been destroyed. Crews from about 45 fire departments were still fighting the fire more than 12 hours after it began to burn.

“They are working very hard to try to protect what is left of that building,” Evans explained. “A considerable loss, but we are hopeful that it is not a total loss and that they can rebuild there.”

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, according to Evans.

QVC tweeted a statement about the fire on Saturday, saying that “we are currently focused on our team. As we work to understand the full impact of this incident, including any impact on shipping and delivery operations, we will share more details. “

QVC. Inc. is headquartered in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Qurate Retail Inc.

The Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce posted a message on Facebook stating that up to 2,500 families would be affected by the fire.

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