Councilman: Many complaints about company at center of large fire

Smoke from a fire seen on WSFA 12 News' tower cam
Smoke from a fire seen on WSFA 12 News' tower cam

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Montgomery City Councilman David Burkette says the company at the center of a large fire in north Montgomery Friday is no stranger to complaints.

Southeast Pallet Company, located on the Birmingham Highway, is the site of a large pallet fire that's taxed fire fighters, sent two the hospital for heat exhaustion, and forced a road closure due to heavy smoke. The fire fighters have since been released.

Councilman Burkette says there have been complaints for years against the company ranging from too much sawdust floating in the air to the company not meeting the standards imposed by the city to contain the sawdust.

The company has also faced complaints about noise and for being an eyesore, Burkette said. Burkette said there has been a fire at the facility before, but nothing to the magnitude of Friday's scale.

WSFA 12 News has attempted to contact the company to get their side of the story, but no one with the company has returned phone calls.

It's not known exactly how the fire started at this time.

The large fire was brought under control late Friday afternoon after hours of work by first responders. It was burning in north Montgomery near Washington Ferry Road and the Birmingham Highway. Thick, white smoke could be seen billowing into the sky from WSFA 12 News' tower cam.

Numerous resources were used to battle the blaze. The Montgomery Fire Department deployed at least 6 pumper trucks, 2 ladder trucks, 2 district chiefs, 3 EMA rescue units and 15 support personnel to the scene.

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