Tires, pallets, small shed burn on 61 South|[06/08/08]

Published 12:00 am Sunday, June 8, 2008

Tires and pallets ablaze at a Vicksburg rubber yard sent flames and smoke into the evening sky Saturday, but injured no one.

The fire broke out in the industry yard shared by SERI Rubber Products, formerly Rouse Polymerics, and U.S. Rubber Reclaiming, both located near U.S. 61 South and Rubberway Road. Vicksburg fire units responded just after 7 p.m. and brought the blaze under control, said Vicksburg Fire Chief Keith Rogers.

The fire destroyed stacks of tires and pallets and a small shed, he said. None one of the main structures at SERI or U.S. Rubber were burned. No injuries were reported.

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The cause of the fire had not been determined.

“We still need to investigate,” Rogers said Saturday night. “Right now, we have no reason to believe that this fire was intentional, but we still need to find out what happened.”

About six years ago, an explosion and fire at Rouse Polymerics killed five people and injured seven.

Also on Saturday night, Culkin and Bovina volunteer fire units responded twice to a brush fire that spread through a field near Oak Ridge and Henry roads. The blaze was first reported at about 5:30, and units initially extinguished the blaze in less than two hours. However, just after 10 p.m., fire units were called back to the area.

Warren County Volunteer Fire Coordinator Kelly Worthy said the cause was under investigation.