Weaver Fire Information


Applications for reimbursement of expenses related to the evacuation during the fire at the Winston Weaver Co. fertilizer plant will be accepted through Thursday, June 30. No new applications will be accepted after that date. The Experiment in Self-Reliance Inc. is administering the reimbursement program. Eligible households and workers should make an appointment with ESR to file an application. Appointments can be scheduled online at www.eisr.org or by calling ESR at 336-722-9400. ESR is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Greater Winston-Salem, Inc. has a grant program to assist small businesses impacted by the Weaver Fertilizer Plant fire. Small businesses located within one mile of the plant, with 25 or fewer full-time equivalent employees, are eligible. 

More details and application links.

OWeaver firen Feb. 21 the Winston-Salem City Council agreed to provide $1 million to reimburse low-income city residents who live or work within the one-mile evacuation zone implemented during the fire at the Winston Weaver Co. fertilizer plant at 4440 N. Cherry St.

The evacuation was implemented due to the threat of an explosion created by the large quantity of ammonium nitrate at in the plant. Ammonium nitrate is used to make fertilizer but is very unstable when heated. The Fire Department ordered the evacuation of everyone within a one-mile radius of the plant the evening of Jan. 31. It reduced the evacuation zone to just the area around the plant itself at 8 p.m. Feb. 3. View Map of Evacuation Area.

Who Is Eligible for This Program?

The reimbursement program is for Winston-Salem residents who were impacted by the fire, who live or work within the evacuation area, and who have a household income that is 80 percent or less of area median income, which varies by household size and is $55,100 for a family of four. Income limits for other household sizes are listed in the table below.

Residents who have already received financial compensation through other organizations, such as Love Out Loud, are not eligible for the city reimbursement program.

Weaver Fire Reimbursement Income Table

Number in Household
Income limit 80%$38,600$44,100$49,600$55,100$59,550$63,950$68,350$72,750

Reimbursement Limits

The $1 million that the City Council approved will be provided first-come, first-served. In order to make the money stretch as far as possible, the city is limiting the amount it will provide to any given household address.

Residents who can document their expenses are eligible to receive up to $1,000 or their actual expenses, whichever is less.

    The $1,000 limit is a maximum reimbursement available per household, no matter the actual expenses, and regardless of how many people live at that address. 

    Households that incurred expenses of less than $1,000 will be reimbursed for their actual expenses.

Residents who do not have documentation can be reimbursed up to $300 per address provided they sign a form certifying their expenses.

Only one application will be accepted per household address. Everyone living at that address, whether they are related or not, should be included on one application. 

What Expenses Are Eligible for Reimbursement?

1. Expenses related to the evacuation that were incurred between 9 p.m. Jan. 31 and noon Feb. 4 can be reimbursed, including: 

  • Hotel bills (four nights maximum) 
  •  Meals
  •  Other verifiable expenses directly related to the fire such as the need to stay with your child because their school or daycare was in the evacuation zone and was closed. 

2. Lost wages between 9 p.m. Jan. 31 and noon Feb. 4. Examples could include:

  • You did not have access to tools or equipment left in your house when you had to evacuate; or
  • You work for a business within the evacuation area that was shut down because of the evacuation. 
  • Other verifiable circumstances that prevented you from working.    

3. Other expenses related to the fire, for example, an air filter that had to be replaced.

Required Documents

All applicants must provide: 

1. Proof of your address within the evacuation area. Examples: A driver’s license, an NC ID card with your address, or a utility bill (electricity, gas, or cable) with your name and address on it.   

2. Proof of household income: For each adult living at that address provide tax documents, pay stubs, unemployment award letters or child support documentation OR a determination letter from a government agency verifying the household income is at or below 80% of the area median income. 

For Hotels, Meals and other Fire-related Expenses: 

1. Receipts for hotel stays between Jan. 31 and Feb. 4 (four nights maximum)

2. Receipts for meals between 9 p.m. Feb. 31 and noon Feb. 4.

3. Receipts for other expenses that are related to the evacuation.

4. Receipts for other expenses relating to the fire.

For Lost Wages, any of the following:

1. Pay stubs with your company name and address that show your hourly wage.

2. A letter from your employer on the company letterhead that states the day or days you could not work and your normal hourly or daily wage.

3. For wages lost due to the closure of North Hills Elementary School or a daycare: A school ID, report card or other document to prove that your child attends that school or daycare.  

How to Apply

NOTE: Only one application will be accepted per household address. Everyone living at that address, whether they are related or not, should be included on one application.

The city has contracted with the Experiment in Self Reliance Inc. to administer this program. ESR will hold an application fair:   

  • Wednesday, March 9, 5 – 8 p.m. Fairgrounds Home & Garden Building,421 27th St. See Map
  • Bring
    • Receipts
    • Proof of your address
    • Proof of your income
    • Other required documents. 
  • Enter through Gate 9 off 27th Street (Map)

If you are not able to attend the March 9 application event, ESR will have instructions, an online application form, as well as an online appointment scheduler available on this page: ESR Weaver Relief Initiative.