Building destroyed after pallets catch fire

Staff Report

NewsWest 9

A close call Friday evening for firefighters when Trinity pallets in Midland County went up in flames near some rail cars.

Emergency officials had to shut down highway 1788 and county road 1286 just after five.

They feared the fire may get to close to several rail cars filled with chemicals at the Ashland Chemical Company.

Billowing black smoke could be seen for miles as about 20 to 40 wooden pallets caught fire, along with an employee break room and storage building.

Luckily, no one was injured.

Firefighers don't know how the blaze began, but they're continuing their investigation.

The owner of the company tells NewsWest Nine that all the employees had left for the day at least an hour before the fire started.

And the owners say they do have insurance.