Pallet yard goes up in flames for second time this year

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fire crews were at the scene of a two-alarm fire at HD Pallet Company in the 2900 block of South Third Street in South Memphis. It's the second time they've been called their this year.

Firefighters arrived at the scene just before 4:30 p.m. The business had already closed so no one was inside and fire officials reported no injuries.

"They (the flames) was high, I mean really high. I mean, it was just high," said witness Martha Brown.

The fire started in the pallet yard outside the business, but firefighters have not yet determined what caused the fire.

"This was the fire that was back in May, you know, the same building is on fire again," Brown said.

In May, another fire at the business spread to a neighboring car lot causing $200,000 worth of damage. Officials determined it was caused by a stack of pallets that had been left too close to an incinerator.

"I'm from Baghdad. This is worse than what happened in Baghdad," said business owner Kamel Alebas, who owns a nearby tire shop.

Alebas said he was forced to close his shop early after crews shut off power in the area during the fire.

"Over here, the smoke that's jumping over here, we don't have like that. You know that we have bombs, we have, you know, so over here it's more worse than Baghdad. I'm telling you," he said.

The fire department says damage to the pallets and a trailer is estimated at $10,000. The cause of the fire "was determined to be accidental. Embers from the incinerator ignited several pallets in the yard."

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