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Fire sparks again at Knoxville mulch facility

12:11 PM, Dec 28, 2012   |    comments
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Eight months after a Knoxville mulch fire, the company has another scare, but this one was put out quickly.

A piece of equipment at Shamrock Organic caught on fire Friday morning around 9:00 a.m.

Shooting flames could be seen from 1-40 near Alcoa Highway.

The Knoxville Fire Department knocked down the fire within minutes, and 10News was informed the only damage was to the nearly $200,000 tub-grinder which grinds debris into mulch.

D.J. Corcoran with KFD says the fire started in the motor.

Fire crews were nervous as they headed to the scene because eight months ago mulch caught on fire at the same location and burned for days.

Then in June, more mulch caught on fire sending crews rushing to the scene.

"So, when we got here we were honestly relieved to find out it was a piece of equipment," said Corcoran, "I know for the owner, that is an expense he will have to replace, but I think for us, not a repeat of what we had in April for five or six days over here was truly a relief."

Since the fires earlier this year, fire officials say Shamrock Organic has worked diligently to meet new compliance rules.

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