Friday, August 2, 2013
Firefighters battle paper fire in 100-degree weather
No one was injured.
CARROLLTON Smoke from a scrap paper fire at International Paper near Belt Line Road and Josey Lane Thursday afternoon could be seen for miles as firefighters from different area cities came to aid Carrollton firefighters in bringing the blaze under control.
Carrollton Fire Chief John Murphy said he could see the smoke billowing in the air from about a mile away as he left city hall shortly before 3 p.m. to go to the fire.
Within two minutes after arrival, a second alarm was sounded and then about 25 minutes after that, a third.
Firefighters continued to be at the scene for more than two hours Thursday afternoon.
Murphy said, on arrival firefighters found a large pile of scrap paper on fire at International Paper, located at 2015 Country Club Drive. The company specializes in recycling scrap paper.
He said they divided the paper into three separate piles to reduce the likelihood of the fire spreading.
Firefighters from Coppell, Lewisville, Farmers Branch, and Addison arrived quickly to assist in various ways.
Murphy said one of the ways in which they were most helpful was in providing wet towels, water, and Gatorade to the firefighters who were wearing heavy gear while battling the intense heat.
A total of 68 firefighters from the various fire departments were at the scene during the afternoon.
Murphy said no firefighters or anyone else were injured during the battling of the fire. He said the cause of the fire has not been determined.
International Paper is at the location where Weyerhaeuser was for many years.
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