Firefighters investigate cause of massive Ashtabula pallet fire


Firefighters are investigating the cause of a massive fire outside an Ashtabula pallet company.

The blaze started Tuesday evening outside the Tree Saver Pallets Recycling Company on W. 58th Street.

The chief tells 19 Action News thousands of wooden pallets - enough to fill a football field - were destroyed.

"This company makes pallets and repairs pallets, that's all they do," said Ashtabula Fire Chief Mike Fitchet. "So it's dry lumber, and it's stacked up in a football sized area that was full of pallets stacked twelve feet high."

The chief also says they had water problems with the hydrants.

The inside of the plant was not affected, as no one was in the building at the time of the fire. 

People who live in the area say the flames were shooting up above the trees, and even melted asphalt sidewalks.

The blaze was reportedly under control by midnight, thanks to the hard work of eleven responding fire departments.

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