Controlled burn ignites minor fire

From Staff Reports
A fire that was meant to dispose of scrap wood at a local factory almost turned deadly Friday afternoon when the fire caused nearby pallets to also erupt into flames.
The fire, which happened around 2 p.m. Friday, occurred in the back lot of Oliver's Woodworking, Inc., located at 248 Judge Don Lewis Blvd., just off Highway 91. No one was injured during the blaze.
According to employees of Oliver's Woodworking, Inc., some employees had been disposing of scrap wood by burning it in a fire pit in the back lot of the business. The employees further stated that due to the intense heat of the fire that was burning the scrap wood, some pallets which had been stacked nearby also caught fire.
Emergency personnel who responded to the scene stated that once the additional pallets caught fire, employees of Oliver's Woodworking, Inc., attempted to combat the fire by pushing the burning crates into the fire pit with the rest of the burning wood.
Within minutes of responding to the scene, firefighters had the blaze extinguished.
Members of the Elizabethton Fire Department, Elizabethton Police Department, Carter County Rescue Squad and Stoney Creek Volunteer Fire Department as well as a Tennessee Constable responded to the scene.
Some of the responding units may have had a slowed response time due to the current construction that is being done on Highway 91 as well as the intersection of that highway with Highway 19E. Responding vehicles from the Elizabethton Fire Department had to drive through the construction zone in order to reach the location of the fire.