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Fire sweeps through Pelzer pallet company

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Fire flamed high at the pallet business and old mill in Pelzer Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. (April 10, 2012/FOX Carolina) Fire flamed high at the pallet business and old mill in Pelzer Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. (April 10, 2012/FOX Carolina)
PELZER, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A wood pallet company in Pelzer caught fire Tuesday night, taking firefighters most of early Wednesday morning to contain the blaze.

The fire started about 11:30 p.m. at Carolina Pallet and Recycling at the Old Pelzer Mill at Murray and Lyman streets in Anderson County, near Highway 8.

Anderson County Fire Chief Billy Gibson said the fire started in a barrel outside the business that is used to burn left over wood. He said that fire spread to the nearby building and quickly grew.

Gibson said firefighters had been working with the owner to get rid of some of the pallets because they were a fire hazard and they have had small fires before, but nothing this massive.

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The building was used to store wooden shipping pallets for resale, and the all of the dry wood fueled those flames.

As of about 5 a.m., firefighters had the fire contained, but said they would be at the mill well into the day putting out all of the flames and hot spots. Firefighters said they will have to let the fire burn itself out.

FOX Carolina spoke with a neighbor who lives close to the mill. He said he's not comfortable living so close to something that can catch fire so easily. He said his family will move.

"It ain't nothing but a fire hazard and all the kids that play around there," said John Rich. "It's dangerous for the kids to get in there and get hurt."

No one was injured in the fire.

Officials reported that two buildings were destroyed in the blaze that required six fire departments and about 50 firefighters to battle the flames.

The mill site was a Gerber Foods processing plant in the 1980s.

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