THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Five Area Fire Departments Respond to Patz Pallet Fire
Issue Date: July 1, 2020
Forty-five firefighters from five area fire departments battled the hot weather and a fire at Patz Pallet, Inc., W4158 10th Road in Pound on Tuesday, June 30. Pound Fire Chief Turner Gross, reported his department along with the Brazeau Fire Department received the call at approximately 3:45 p.m.
Upon arrival firefighters found heavy black smoke and flames coming from the rear of the building. Pound firefighter Tom Prue, called for a MABAS working still alarm which brought in assistance from Coleman Fire Department. Due to the weather, Chief Gross, upgraded the alarm to a box level for additional engine crews from Grover-Porterfield and Crivitz Fire Departments. A motor from a machine and conveyor loading sawdust into a semi trailer was on fire. The fire then extended to the semi trailer and also to the rear of the building. Firefighters had to cut a hole in the roof to check for possible fire extension. Wisconsin Public Service was called to cut power to the business.
One firefighter had to be transported to Aurora Bay Area Medical Center with chest pains, according to Chief Turner. The exact cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Pound Fire Department. Damage estimates are approximately $75,000. Firefighters remained on scene for approximately six hours. Other agencies that responded to the fire included Coleman Rescue Squad and Brazeau Rescue Squad. Power was turned back on to the building early Wednesday morning.