Rushville Republican

April 23, 2013

Fire causes extensive damage to Milroy Pallet

Saw shop complete loss

Frank Denzler
Rushville Republican

MILROY — A report of a fully engulfed structure fire at the Milroy Pallet Company, 3018 West CR 1050S, was received locally shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday. The call resulted in multiple departments responding to the location and found firefighters battling the blaze for nearly four hours as Indianapolis news helicopters hovered and circled overhead.

“When the call went out, I could see the smoke as I left from the county courthouse,” EMA Director Chuck Kemker said.

Other responders had different viewpoints and observations.

“When I arrived there were a number of explosions from propane tanks inside the structure igniting,” one Rushville Township volunteer firefighter said.

The fire, of unknown origin, quickly spread and destroyed the saw shop on the northeast corner of the property. As initial fire fighting efforts battled the fully engulfed building, additional units worked to keep the fire from spreading to other buildings.

Firefighters are familiar with the property that houses the pallet making operation, as a number of small and not so small fires have erupted at the location in recent years.

Once extinguished, a number of those that battled the blaze took a well deserved break.

“I had just gotten off work and got home when the call went out for mutual aid, so here I am,” Glenwood volunteer firefighter Eric Lower said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Responding to the blaze were firefighters from Anderson Township, Clarksville, Waldron, Rushville Township, Glenwood as well as law enforcement and medical personnel.

Read more on this story in Friday’s edition of the Rushville Republican as information is made available.