Fire in the RAD: Major blaze reported in multiple buildings

By about 11 p.m. tonight, the Asheville twitterati were reporting that a major fire — or multiple fires — were blazing in the River Arts District. Early reports indicate that vacant buildings at the future New Belgium site may have burned.

“[Asheville Battallion Fire] Chief [Carlo Marzella] confirms fire is ‘suspicious, under investigation.’” Xpress Food Writer Emily Patrick reports.

Earlier tonight, Xpress reporter Caitlin Byrd noted that smoke could be seen from downtown Asheville.

Special thanks to Bill Rhodes at West Asheville Watch for the featured photo here.

For Twitter highlights, click on through to the Storify post below (it may take a few moments to load, or you may need to hit the “refresh” button on your growers). For other details, visit West Asheville Watch.

Earlier this week, a building on Craven Street nearby burned.


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About Margaret Williams
Editor Margaret Williams first wrote for Xpress in 1994. An Alabama native, she has lived in Western North Carolina since 1987 and completed her Masters of Liberal Arts & Sciences from UNC-Asheville in 2016. Follow me @mvwilliams

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