DENISON, Iowa—A fire nearly demolished a pallet recycling company – for the second time.
Sixty-four firefighters from six communities battled a fire at Krajicek Pallet Inc. over five hours in frigid weather. When firefighters arrived just before midnight Saturday, the temperature was 5 degrees, causing firefighting equipment to freeze, according to a report in The Omaha World Herald.
It marks the second time Krajicek Pallet has nearly been burnt to the ground. Nine years ago, a fire completely destroyed the pallet company’s main facility. At that time the owner, Ed Kajicek, vowed to rebuild and saw his operations evolve from building pallets to also grinding pallet material for mulch.
He has just as daunting a task on his hands today. The majority of his 30,165 square foot facility was completely destroyed by the fire. The office area was able to be saved, but suffered heavy smoke and water damage. According to early estimates, there is over $1.5 million in damage.
The fire is under investigation and no one was hurt.