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Pallet warehouse destroyed by fire Friday

Friday, October 12, 2012 ~ Updated 7:52 PM

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Marshall firefighters were on scene for about seven hours Friday afternoon fighting a blaze in a pallet facility at the south edge of Marshall.

The three-alarm fire also required mutual aid from Slater and Carrollton fire departments, according to a Marshall Fire Department report.

The first alarm was issued at 11:51 a.m., and when firefighters arrived at J&S Pallets, 236173 E. 200th Road, they found that fire from a burning pile of pallets had spread to the interior of a nearby warehouse, according to the report.

(Sarah Reed/Democrat-News)
(Sarah Reed/Democrat-News)
The fire was declared under control at 3:45 p.m.

The facility and contents were estimated to be worth about $120,000 and were considered a total loss, according to the report.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

Smoke billows from the north end of a pallet warehouse on the south edge of Marshall Friday afternoon. It took firefighters nearly four hours to control the blaze.
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Contact Eric Crump at ecrump@marshallnews.com

Update at 3:45 p.m. Friday
According to emergency radio traffic, the fire was declared under control about 3:40 p.m.

Update at 2:30 p.m. Friday
Fire continues to burn the pallet business at the intersection of U.S. Highway 65 and Business 65 at the south end of Marshall Friday, Oct. 12.

At approximately 12 p.m. Marshall firefighters responded to the blaze, which had taken over what appeared to be a quarter of the structure and several stacks of wooden pallets, although the amount of damage has not been confirmed.

In addition to MFD, Saline County Rural Fire Protection District also responded. According to emergency radio traffic, Slater firefighters were also enroute to assist.

More information to follow...

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-- Posted by Chevy on Thu, Oct 18, 2012, at 2:12 PM
Response by Eric Crump/Editor:
The warehouse is not in Marshall city limits.

Almost Critical,

I am very happy that no one was hurt, and very impressed with the responders. I don't see how it was political.

Supporting your community,

I was asking how it started so I could know the "Facts", Though my assumption of how it started may have seemed rude, it is very possible its correct. I DO support local businesses every chance I get. But if it was because of one of his fires, and it could of been prevented by not burning next to all of his pallets inside and outside the building, that was his own mistake. Do I hope this man rebuilds and comes back better than before? Yes. I just hope if I was right on how it started, he prevents it next time. Just a curious guy.

MOmaster, You should be a detective.

-- Posted by Tank on Sat, Oct 13, 2012, at 11:09 PM

I agree..A person strives for the pursuit of happiness and a dream, while helping others on the way. Sounds like this business owner does more then create negative outcomes. Besides this community is to small NOT to help when in the time of need...

-- Posted by CulpritAce on Sat, Oct 13, 2012, at 5:49 PM

Why is it so hard to support local businesses but so easy to bash them when they are down? The owner is a hard working man and employs several people. This is his living along with his employs so support them! If you don't have the facts of the fire then maybe you shouldn't comment! The fire dept along with another local business man helped put the fire out! Great job men!! Now lets give positive remarks for him to rebuild!! good luck to you........

-- Posted by support your community on Sat, Oct 13, 2012, at 1:19 PM

All and all it was a job well done by all responding personnel. Hats off to the fireman that risk their lives on a daily basis rather they do it full time or volunteer.

-- Posted by Deadliest Catch on Sat, Oct 13, 2012, at 10:36 AM

It wasn't...in fact it was very observant. I was thinking the exact same thing. The burn area is to the east of the north end of that building. Wind was gusting from the east yesterday. Sparks must have flown into the building.

-- Posted by momaster on Sat, Oct 13, 2012, at 8:22 AM

How was Tank's comment Political?

-- Posted by Gumby on Fri, Oct 12, 2012, at 10:26 PM

Tank, only a conservative like you would try to make this political. Cant you just be happy that no one was hurt.

-- Posted by Almost Critical on Fri, Oct 12, 2012, at 10:13 PM

Any information on how the fire started? I drive past this place all the time and always think it is on fire. They're always burning so close to the building and huge piles of pallets(treated wood). I have a feeling they were just burning off more pallets that were broken and wind took it over.

-- Posted by Tank on Fri, Oct 12, 2012, at 4:43 PM

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