Fire Rips Through North Carolina QVC Distribution Center

by Samantha Whidden

A fire reportedly ripped through a QVC distribution center that is located in North Carolina in the early hours of Saturday (December 18th).

According to The New York Times, the fire broke out at the QVC distribution center in Rocky Mount, North Carolina around 2 a.m. The 1.2 million square foot building experienced three-quarters of damage.  Edgecombe County manager, Eric Evans, stated, that there was a significant loss. “But we’re very hopeful that it’s not a total loss. And that [QVC will] be able to rebuild here.”

Evans also shares that there were approximately 300 employees inside the building when the fire broke out. Officials believe that everyone who was in the building made it out safely.

Corey Mercer, the Rocky Mount fire chief, explained in the afternoon that the fire had not fully been under control. Around 45 agencies from six counties were aiding with putting out the fire. It was not immediately known what the cause of the fire was or where it began within the center.

By 3:00 in the afternoon, the fire had notably damaged up to 75% of the building, according to Chief Mercer. 

QVC Issues Statement About Damaged Distibution Center

Following the news about the fire breaking out in the North Carolina distribution center, QVC issued a statement. “At this time, we are focused on the safety and well-being of our team members. In addition, we are also working to understand the full impact to products and orders. And will provide further details to our customers and vendor community as soon as they are available. We are working with the local authorities to investigate the source of this issue.

QVC also states it is currently focusing on its team and making sure everyone is safe. “As we work to understand the full impact of this incident, including any impact to shipping and delivery, we’ll share further details. Thank you for your patience.”

QVC did state that it doesn’t believe there were no injuries associated with the fire. All the employees were accounted for. However, one family says an employee has not been heard from since early this morning. The Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office is reportedly investigating that new claim.

The Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce reveals that the QVC distribution fire may affect 2,500 families in the area. “We are saddened to wake up to the news of the terrible fire at the QVC Distribution Center in Rocky Mount. Our thoughts and prayers are with the employees of QVC. And our brave first responders.”

Meanwhile, Evans goes on to add that the distribution center has been in Rocky Mount for more than 20 years. “This is devastating, to get this call.”