Investigators say fire at Glendale pallet business was not arson

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
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GLENDALE - Investigators sifted through piles and piles of scorched pallets and burned debris Tuesday after a massive fire tore through a Glendale business Monday night.

The fire that ripped through Western Pallets went four alarm, which means it required about 100 firefighters from all over the Valley. Smoke and flames could be seen for miles.

The fire started at about 8 p.m. Crews were on the scene all night. The fire was a stubborn one,with plenty of fuel to feed it, including wooden pallets, propane tanks, tires and even cars.

The business is located in an industrial area near 55th Avenue and Bethany Home Road, so no homes were threatened and crews were able to keep the flames from spreading to nearby businesses.

Firefighters were dumping so much water on the huge flames that water pressure reportedly became a minor issue. It took crews about five hours to get everything under control.

Firefighters were checking in every couple of hours through the night and early morning to make sure there were no hot spots or flare-ups from smoldering embers.

"We come back and find them, hit them, knock them down before it takes off and builds back into a big fire again," explained Capt. Aaron Eckert of the Glendale Fire Department.

Fire investigators were at the scene on Tuesday. According to Daniel Valenzuela with the Glendale Fire Department, investigators do not know the cause of the fire, but they are confident that it was not an act of arson.

The damage estimate is approximately $300,000.

This is not the first fire at Western Pallets. Crews were called out for a big fire there nearly three years ago. One firefighter was injured in that incident.