Firefighters from multiple agencies were called out to the Go Green International, Inc. facility in Paige Saturday night for a mulch pile engulfed in flames. Crews estimate the fire was more than 100 feet wide and 40 feet high.
"You can't get to the heat and the fire that's deep within the pile," says Blake Clampffer with the Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management. He estimates the fire will continue to burn for days or even weeks. Sunday, the fire was still smoldering.
Tammie Shugart told FOX 7 she heard explosions when the fire started. "When the explosions were going off they would rock you, you could feel it all the way through," she said. The Giddings resident was at a fundraiser for area volunteer firefighters when those firefighters got the call to respond to the blaze. Shugart immediately thought the worst. "We were here when the Bastrop fires took place and you don't want to see something like that again."
The Bastrop County Complex Fire is the reason the Go Green facility in Paige was built. "What they're doing is they're collecting trees from the Bastrop fire and some drought trees also," Clampffer explains.
Owner Dennis Parker says, "We take all of the burnt trees from the wildfires two years ago. We convert them into a fuel source or a fuel product and resell it."
Three 18-wheelers parked near the mulch pile were severely damaged. Firefighters say near by property was not threatened. The fire has been contained and there were no injuries.
The facility is monitored by the TCEQ. Sunday, investigators were on the scene to determine if there were any environmental concerns, but say there are none at this time. Fire investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the fire.