UPDATE: Burning lumber keeps crews on the scene of fire for 10 hours
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Crews battling fire at the Gomez Pallet Company in Jackson, NE.
NEAR JACKSON, Neb. (KTIV) -
Fire has destroyed a Siouxland business.
Crews were called to Gomez Pallet Company, about a mile west of Jackson, Nebraska at 7:30 Sunday morning.
Firefighters worked through the afternoon to get the fire completely under control. The Dixon County dispatcher says the last track didn't return to the fire house until six p-m.
The company, which makes containers and industrial pallets out of wood, is a near total loss according to a company spokesperson.
The Dakota City Assistant Fire Chief says they believe the fire started in a metal building.
"They're pallets and they're stacked like honeycombs and once the fire starts inside of it, it's very hard to get water on it. And, it keeps building and building and it's very difficult to put water on a pallet fire," Dakota City Assistant Fire Chief Pat Moore said
Several volunteer fire departments responded, including Ponca and Dakota City. No one was believed to be at the business when the fire broke out. The State Fire Marshall's office is investigating the cause.
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