Warehouse fire at FV Recycling Plant

An unusual fire took place in Harrison County today. Firefighters from across the Coast had to work tirelessly for hours to extinguish this dangerous situation.

Harrison County Fire Marshall Pat Sullivan said, “The danger is that some of this card board is stacked up two stories, two and a half stories tall, and when it gets wet and starts burning they start collapsing so it is a danger to firefighters. We have to be very careful that we don’t put firefighters in collapse zones.”

A Monday morning fire burned through nearly three tons of paper and cardboard boxes set for recycling at the FV Recycling Plant on Hudson-Krohn Road in Harrison County. It started with a cardboard palette inside the warehouse. One employee was working there when the fire broke out. “He was doing some work, discovered some fire, saw smoke, and then saw a little bit of flames. So, he grabbed a fire extinguisher and tried to put the fire out with the fire extinguisher, but the fire was evidently greater than the amount that the fire extinguisher could handle so he called us and we arrived and had heavy fire showing inside.”

Hundreds of gallons of water and foam later, with help from four other fire departments, including the one at Keesler Air Force Base and the Air National Guard, firefighters managed to put out the fire burning deep inside the stacks of bundled paper.

For firefighters, a situation like this one takes longer than normal to put out. They have to use heavy machinery and take apart the boxes one by one. “We have the assistance of all of these different mutual aid fire departments and man power working together inside to do this. This is a prime example of mutual aid and all fire departments working together to attack a large fire, a dangerous fire, that potentially someone could get hurt.”

On this day, no one was hurt, just a little exhausted.

There is no word yet on what caused the fire.

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