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Fire burns acres of wooden pallets near Port Alto

By Elena Watts
April 25, 2014 at 10:01 p.m.
Updated April 24, 2014 at 11:25 p.m.


A fire burned about 5 of 20 acres stacked 20 feet high with wooden pallets early Friday morning near Port Alto.

No one was injured.

"It was a real challenge," said Fire Chief Galen Johnson with the Olivia-Port Alto Volunteer Fire Department. "We used 100,000 gallons of water."

A neighbor who lived next to the pallet company on Spur 159 between Port Alto and state Highway 172 heard an explosion about 1:30 a.m., Johnson said.

When the neighbor placed the emergency call, the flames were already burning strong around the middle of the property, where the workshop was located.

"We could see the glow from the station, which was about 5 miles away," Johnson said. "So we called the other departments to help."

Volunteer departments from Carancahua Community, Six Mile, Point Comfort and Seadrift and the Port Lavaca Fire Department also responded.

Forty firefighters fought the fire until 10:30 a.m. Two forklifts, a workshop and other equipment were lost in the fire, Johnson said.

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