A fire has destroyed a large supply tower in the heart of Lion Country, leaving at least 20 firefighters battling the blaze.
The tower was constructed in 2012 and is located on the top floor of the Roover Center, a former coal mining operation in the Black Mountain National Forest.
The fire broke out around 9 p.m.
Monday in the top level of the tower, said Matthew Pritchard, an official with the Forest Service.
About 20 firefighters responded to the call, and firefighters began cutting the perimeter perimeter on the tower.
At first the fire was only under control in the lower level of about 30 percent of the structure, Pritcher said.
Firefighters were working on a fire ladder in the roof and were able to get the perimeter into place.
Pritchers said the structure was completely destroyed by fire.
“We did get some smoke from the roof, but the fire is extinguished,” he said.
The cause of the fire has not been determined.
Picket said it’s possible that the roof was the cause of it.
“The roof is on the same level, so it could be the same cause,” he told NBC News.
Pregnant woman, 3, trapped in burning tower Picket also said there was a pregnant woman in the tower when the fire broke.
The Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause.
“It is a complex situation with multiple factors that could have contributed to this,” Pritchesaid in an email to NBC News, adding that the investigation is ongoing.
The Lion Country Fire Department said it will be closing for the night, with no further information.
A representative for the Lion County Sheriff’s Office told NBC affiliate WSPA that a search of the roof is continuing.
“This is an active and dangerous situation,” the agency said.
“Firefighters are still working to extinguish the fire and make the tower safe.
We ask that everyone remain vigilant.”