Fire at old Abilene wood pallet company results in massive flames, minor injury

Photo by Joe Fry/KTXS News

ABILENE, Texas - A field of pallets caught fire on Ruidosa Avenue near Abilene Bowling Lanes and the old Sam's Club late Friday, resulting in massive flames and concern it would reach nearby buildings.

It took Abilene firefighters, with much-needed assistance from the Texas Forest Service, more than two hours to get the blaze under control.

One firefighter suffered minor injuries to his face, fire officials said.

The cause of the blaze, which started at a former wood pallet company, is still undetermined.

According to the fire department, the fire started shortly before 10 p.m. Friday and was finally under control around 12:30 a.m. Saturday.

Customers of the bowling alley had to be evacuated, as the Texas Forest Service used a bulldozer to get to the fire.

Bystanders in the old Sam's Club parking lot were also asked to leave in fear that the fire would reach tankers that were close by. The contents in the tankers weren't known.

A storage shed caught fire - and was lost in the fire - as the flames spread throughout the field.

"Initially, they (firefighters) were unable to get equipment into the yard to make an attack on the fire," an Abilene Fire Department news release said. "After requesting heavy equipment for assistance, the Texas Forest Service responded with a bulldozer and three personnel. Several paths were cleared to allow fire equipment in to extinguish the fire."

In addition to the Texas Forest Service bulldozer, 10 pieces of AFD equipment responded to the scene.

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