The warehouse at SP National in Brighton was destroyed by fire Monday afternoon. Photo by Echo Day

Brighton Fire Chief Ricky Russell said the fire that destroyed a warehouse Monday afternoon has an undetermined cause, but was not intentionally set.

Firefighters were dispatched to the buildings at the intersection of Hwy. 51 and Old Hwy. 51 at approximately 1 p.m. and it took the assistance of every paid and volunteer department in the county as well as tankers from Lauderdale and Fayette counties to extinguish the blaze.

“There were no injuries – for the business’s employees or for firefighters – and that’s a blessing,” said Brighton Fire Chief Ricky Russell.


The column of smoke could be seen for more than six miles, photos showed.

Russell and the state fire marshal’s office have determined the fire was unintentional and its cause undetermined.

The fire load and the building’s location made it difficult to fight the fire, he said.

“That area has always been a concern for me. It’s like your nightmare come true.”

There’s a lack of water supply there, so tankers took turns bringing water in from Poplar Grove. When the tanks started getting low, the tankers were redirected.

“We were sending them to Covington so Poplar Grove could catch back up.”

It was a total loss for the Strategic Partner National warehouse, which housed thousands of liquidated mattresses.

Echo Day
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Echo Day is an award-winning journalist, photographer and designer. She is currently The Leader's managing editor.