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No cause determined for pallet factory fire

Monday, November 15, 2010

The cause of the fire that destroyed about 10,000 pallets at Greene County Wood Products, Inc. has not been determined.

Center Township Fire Chief Jeremy Inman told the Greene County Daily World that neither the fire department or an insurance company investigator was able to determine a cause for the Nov. 9 blaze.

More than 120,000 gallons of water were used to extinguish the blaze that actually rekindled the morning of Nov. 12.

"We used approximately 100,000 gallons on the first day and approximately 20,000 gallons on Friday. We (Center Township Fire Department) were on scene for another six hours on Friday -- 6 a.m. until noon. We had to call for the heavy equipment because of the rekindle," Inman said.

More than 50 firefighters from 10 area volunteer departments responded to the large-scale fire outside the plant, located about six miles east of Bloomfield on Ore Branch Road.

The fire was visible for miles as the sky glowed and was seen as far away as Worthington, according to firefighters on the scene.

Volunteer fire crews from Center Township, Eastern, Owensburg/Jackson Township, Richland-Taylor, Richland Township, Highland Township, Worthington-Jefferson Township and Switz City in Greene County as well as Indian Creek and VanBuren Township from neighboring Monroe County worked through the night. Many were still on the scene after sunrise and remained for most of Nov. 10 -- dousing hot spots and flare-ups.

Company owner Blake Hutchison estimates at least 10,000 pallets were lost in the fire.

Hutchison said the business, which started at that location in 1996, will continue for the company that employees 26.

He said most of the damage was contained outside in the pallet yard. The east side of the building did sustain some heat damage from the very intense fire.

Also assisting at the scene were representatives of the American Red Cross and the Greene County Ambulance Service.

No injuries were reported.


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Mr Hutchinson, sorry for your loss of inventory, and thank you for keeping the business open with 26 families not having to worry if they will have a paycheck in the coming weeks.

This fire only reinforces the fact our state's volunteer firefighters serve their citizens well in any time of crisis.

-- Posted by RayA on Mon, Nov 15, 2010, at 7:55 PM


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