Posted: Thursday, April 8, 2010 9:35 pm CHIPPER BURNS — A Fulton firefighter was among the personnel from several area fire departments who worked Monday afternoon to extinguish a blaze involving a piece of equipment behind WFUL radio station on Middle Road near Fulton. The Fulton Fire Department responded at 11:59 a.m. to a mutual aid request from the Cayce (Ky.) Fire Department. Fulton Fire Chief Jim Hartz said a Hogzilla™ industrial wood chipper, owned and operated by Central Paving Co. of Paducah, Ky., was on fire at a wood yard. The Fulton Fire Department responded with one engine initially and mutual aid was requested from area departments. The Cayce Fire Department responded with two water tankers, the South Fulton Fire Department responded with a tanker and one engine and the Water Valley (Ky.) Fire Department responded with two tankers. Hartz said the departments used about 60 gallons of firefighting foam in an effort to extinguish the blaze. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire has not been determined. According to Hartz, the 104,000-pound Hogzilla chipper has a capacity of about 160 tons of material per hour. It was valued at $365,000 and was a total loss.
Published in The Messenger 4.8.10