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Firefighters battle mulch blaze
Fire ignited from hot engine of front-end loader
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Bulloch County firefighters battled a blaze at a mulch plant east of Brooklet for more than 12 hours on Wednesday.

About 131,000 gallons of water was used to douse the flames at Southern Nature Products, said Bulloch County fire Chief Christopher Ivey.

Firefighters were wrapping up and using the last of the water around 4:15 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, almost a full 13 hours after first receiving the call around 3:27 a.m., he said.

“We got there in nine minutes,” Ivey said. “We got the call from someone passing by who said they saw flames.”

He said the fire is believed to have been caused by a “front-end loader that smoldered all night and flared up.” He said the piece of heavy equipment “has a turbo that sits on top of the motor,” and it appeared that dust and wood chips that were caught inside the loader’s engine area were ignited by the hot engine.

The burning front-end loader caught a “mountain of mulch” on fire, and firefighters worked hard all day to put out the flames, he said. 

Because it is possible for heat to remain trapped underneath the huge piles of wood mulch, Ivey said the plant would be monitored overnight to make sure the fire didn’t flare back up.

No one was injured in the incident.


Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon maybe reached at (912) 489-9414.

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