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By Erin Smith

A massive black plume of smoke could be seen from as far away as the NC 87 Bypass and from downtown Elizabethtown after a former dye plant caught on fire on Monday afternoon in Elizabethtown.

The fire was reported at about 3 p.m. and West Broad Street was shut down in the vicinity of Cromartie Road and Horne Street for a couple of hours.

Bladen County Fire Marshal Kenneth Clark said the building is owned by Rico Daniels Family Entertainment of Fayetteville. The building was listed for sale.

Clark said, “We are not sure what they (the owners) had stored inside the building.”

Fire departments from throughout the county responded to the scene to assist with extinguishing the blaze.

Many years ago, the building was once home to the ford dealership.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, according to Clark.