Lansing, Mich. (WLNS) — Fire crews were called out just before 3 p.m. on Thursday afternoon for a fire at Kamp’s Pallets, off of Creyts Rd. in Delta. Township.
The heavy wind carried the smoke for several hours through the area and could be seen for miles.
“Pallets are a very very good fuel, they have a natural airflow to them and it makes very it easy for them to burn and that coupled with the wind it makes it so that the fire likes to hide and the fire likes to move very quickly,” said fire inspector for the Delta Township fire department, Michael Roberts.
Steve at Bucks Allrepair Service & Sales, which is next to Kamp’s Pallet, said the fire pretty much knocked down, but “flames were as tall as the trees.”
Due to dry weather conditions and no rain in the forecast until next week, several fire departments have prohibited outdoor burning. Those include Delhi, Ingham, Lansing, and Meridian townships, Mason, Onondaga, and Northeast Ingham Emergency Authority, also known as N.I.E.S.A., which covers Williamston, Leroy Twp. and more.
“Lately the wind has really been acting up as it does in the spring and we want to make sure that we’re always burning safely, most burning is actually turned off due to the high wind gusts so if you can avoid it, don’t burn at all, the wind really does wreak havoc with fires and its more dangerous than you think,” said Roberts.
Kamp’s Pallets sells pallets, wooden crates, boxes, mulch, bark, and biomass. It was established in Grand Rapids 1973, during the beginning of the recycling movement. It opened locations in Potterville, Kalamazoo, and Lansing between 1984 and 1993, but now has 150 sites around the country.
According to Roberts no buildings were damaged and no one was injured. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
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