Large brush fire breaks out at business handling tornado debris removal

A large fire broke out in a brush pile at a Wagner Ford Road business that has been handling tornado debris removal from the Memorial Day outbreak, according to firefighters. 

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The fire early Tuesday morning was the second brush fire to break out at the facility in less than 12 hours. On Monday afternoon, firefighters also responded to a brush fire at the facility in the 2600 block of Needmore Road, just east of I-75. 

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Both fires happened in different parts of the facility and appear unrelated, officials said. 

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Tuesday’s fire happened in a tornado debris pile that is estimated between two and three stories high. Firefighters are using a contractor with an excavator to break down the piles and get to the source of the blaze. 

The official cause of Tuesday morning’s fire is unknown and still under investigation. Arson has not been ruled out as a possible cause of the fire and employees told firefighters they have been dealing with trespassers who are on their property to fish, investigators said. 

Firefighters are expected to be at the facility until at least noon today to fully extinguish the fire. 

No injuries have been reported. 

Wagner Ford Road was initially shut down but completely reopened just before 4 a.m.

We’ll update this story as we learn more. 

Photo: Jared Thursh/STAFF

INITIAL REPORT:

Emergency crews are responding to a report of a large brush fire in the 2600 block of Wagner Ford Road.

Fire crews have closed Wagner Ford Road between Maumee Avenue and Webster Street. 

We are working to learn more, and will update this story as new information becomes available.

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