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Scott Co. fire chief treating pallet company fire as suspicious

Firefighters were dispatched to Pallet Connection and Farms around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday. (Source: Amanda Hanson/KFVS) Firefighters were dispatched to Pallet Connection and Farms around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday. (Source: Amanda Hanson/KFVS)
The Scott County Rural fire chief says they are investigating the fire as arson. (Source: Amanda Hanson/KFVS) The Scott County Rural fire chief says they are investigating the fire as arson. (Source: Amanda Hanson/KFVS)
The state fire marshal was called to the scene to investigate.(Source: Rob Foote/KFVS) The state fire marshal was called to the scene to investigate.(Source: Rob Foote/KFVS)
Power was shut off in the area because several power poles were on fire. (Source: Rob Foote/KFVS) Power was shut off in the area because several power poles were on fire. (Source: Rob Foote/KFVS)
"This is the third fire that has just appeared," said the owner. "Prayers for our family, prayers for the family's that depend on the jobs we provide and prayers that whoever did this is caught." (Source: KFVS) "This is the third fire that has just appeared," said the owner. "Prayers for our family, prayers for the family's that depend on the jobs we provide and prayers that whoever did this is caught." (Source: KFVS)
SCOTT COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

Investigators are calling Wednesday morning's fire at the Pallet Connection suspicious.

This as the company faces a court date with the state, and hefty fines.

Multiple fire crews battled a large, suspicious fire at a pallet company on Hwy. H in Scott County, Mo. early on Wednesday morning.

Firefighters were dispatched to Pallet Connection and Farms around 2:30 a.m.

Jeremy Perrien, the Scott County Rural fire chief, said they are investigating the fire. The state fire marshal is looking into what happened.

"We hope to get to the bottom of this," Perrien said. "This is the fourth or fifth time we've been out here on large suspicious fires."

Perrien said the fire seemed to accelerate at a very fast rate to the point that fire crews had to abandon some of their operations and move their equipment.

"It was a nice cool wind that was working against us," he said. "Water supply was limited."

Perrien said breezy, dry conditions also worked against firefighters.

"It's just basically worst case scenario," Perrien said.

The concern for firefighters most of the morning was getting water to the area. That also made fighting the fire difficult.

Crews battled this same fire back in June when a field of pallets caught fire.

Perrien said his crew learned from that fire and made sure mutual aid was alerted, but he later found out that wasn't enough.

"As soon as we were paged, we called for mutual aid," he said. "It wasn't until we got on the scene we realized we was going to need much more than what we called for."

Eleven fire departments were called to assist Scott County. Crews battled the fire for hours trying to make sure the fire didn't spread.

No one was injured in the fire.

Power was shut off in the area because several power poles were on fire.

Earlier this summer, emergency crews were called out to the pallet company four times in eight days for a fire that kept reigniting.

According to owner Karrie Casey, Pallet Connection and Farms has been working with the Department of Natural Resources to figure out what they could do to dispose of their extra wood.

In the past, the DNR has told the company not to burn the excess.

Casey said they do not burn there any longer. She said they just want answers in this case.

According to Casey, the pallets that caught on fire were either sold or set to be recycled.

"I am asking this be investigated," Casey said. "This is the third fire that has just appeared... prayers for our family, prayers for the family's that depend on the jobs we provide and prayers that whoever did this is caught."

Jennifer McBinge lives next to the pallet company.

She said although investigators don't know what's causing the fires, it makes her worry.

"It's scary, because it's dry like this and you wake up and there's fire trucks and you don't know just how far it's going to come over," she said. "It's literally two fences away."

McBinge said her biggest concern is someone is causing these fires, and they have no regard for the people they're putting in harm's way.

"It's obviously not a good situation that a building has been lost, someone's business had been lost, people's job has been lost, but now they're getting people that they're not even trying to target a sense of not even being able to feel safe in their homes anymore," she said.

Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused the fire. The Division of Fire Safety has been requested to assist in the current investigation.

The building was a total loss.

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