HARRISON — The Harrison Fire Department is hopeful a fire remains extinguished that broke out a week ago at a village of Harrison pallet factory.

Firefightes were first called the evening of March 11 to Skid and Pallet Service on Lake Park Road for smoke coming from a sawdust pile.

Since them, the road in front of the business has been closed off and on while crews work to put out the subborn fire.

On Friday, the fire department said they are battling spontaneous combustion in large piles of wood chips.

Firefighters were spraying the piles while a backhoe dug into the pile and turned the debris.

Once the chips had been wetted to prevent fire spread, a loader filled waiting dump trucks for removal using an assembly line process.

By Friday, crews were able to contain the fire.

Last night, they were called back around 10 p.m. to flames showing on the topside of the pile.

Firefighters continued to work with the employees and excavator operator overnight to remove any hot spots and move material away from the pile.

The area was checked for any hotspots remaining and operations were ended around 3 a.m.


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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.