22 fire departments called to building fire in Tippecanoe County

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The fire could be seen for miles Saturday night as the Industrial Pallet Corporation on U.S. 52 in the south west portion of Tippecanoe County caught fire.

We are told the fire started sometime after eight o'clock and before the first fire department arrived thousands of wooden pallets were on fire.  Fire Fighters estimate more than one hundred thousand pallets burned.  Twenty-two fire departments and one hundred fire fighters were called to help out. 

There are not any fire hydrants located at the plant so water tanker trucks were brought in to haul water to the fire.  Fire fighters almost drained the town of Clarks Hill water supply.

"We dropped the water level down so far that their water people asked us to go to Lafayette.  So right now our tankers are currently traveling close to twelve to fourteen miles one way to get water," says Deputy Chief Steve Butram of the Lafayette Fire Department.

No injuries have been reported.  Investigators do not know what started the fire at this time.