Firefighters Control Fire at Ozark (MO) Wood Products Company

More than 50 employees fled a fast-spreading fire yesterday at a wood products company in Ozark, Missouri.

High winds helped spread the fire, which began when a stack of wooden pallets outside Industrial Wood Products caught fire, according to a report on ( Smoke from the fire could be seen for miles.

In addition to wind, water supply problems made things difficult for firefighters at the scene. The fire extended from the main building to several other structures.

Ozark Fire Protection District firefighters received help at the scene from the Nixa, Logan-Rogersville, Sparta, Springfield, Battlefield, and Highlandville fire districts in controlling the fire.

Read more about this fire and see video and photos from the scene at

This incident comes after several other higher-profile fires and incidents at industrial sites around the nation this week, including a deadly explosion and partial collapse at an Omaha (NE) plant and another fire at a Mississippi biodeisel plant.

For more on firefighting concerns at industrial sites, consider Manufacturing and Industrial Fires: Do You Know What You’re Getting Into?, Industrial and Municipal Fire Department Interface, and When Worlds Collide: Industrial and Residential Occupancies.

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