REXBURG — An large fire that broke at Mountain West Products south of Rexburg early Sunday morning kept firefighters busy for several hours.
The facility is located at 4212 South Yellowstone Highway and manufactures landscape materials.
Assistant Fire Chief Mikel Walker, of Madison Fire Department, said the fire was called in by an employee of the company at 12:40 a.m.
Walker said the fire department determined that the fire began from spontaneous combustion in a bark pile and spread to other piles of bark and also to a field owned by Andrew Martin that is located north of the bark plant.
He said the fire burned into a hay shed and destroyed about two tons of small bales and damaged part of the hay shed.
There were 28 firefighters on the scene with four pumpers and three water tender trucks, one of them provided by Jefferson Central Fire District.
High wind fanned the flames and carried embers spreading the fire, but firefighters were able to completely extinguish the fire by 5 a.m. and return to their stations.
Walker thanked employees from Mountain West for running two bucket loaders to spread the piles of bark so the fire could be attacked more readily.
“Despite the wind and the working conditions it went quite well,” Walker said.
He said no machinery or structures were damaged at the plant and the amount of damage from the fire is still being assessed.