UPDATE: Jacksonville business catches fire Wednesday afternoon

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 6:47pm

UPDATE (6:38pm): The fire at Western Pulp in Jacksonville began around 2:30pm on Wednesday afternoon.

Jacksonville Fire Chief Paul White tells KETK, the building itself was not on fire, but the contents inside were.

The company compresses coardboard and puts them through a heating process to dry them out before storing them in stacks about 20ft. high, to be used as cornerpads for furniture.

Although the exact cause of the fire has not yet been confirmed, employees believe that one of the stacks may have caught fire during the heating process and became lost in the the other pallets of cardboard.

When firefighters arrived on scene Wednesday afternoon, smoke could already be seen coming from the building.

Forklifts had to be used to get to the actual fire.

Luckily, no injuries were reported.

The cost of the damage for the company has not yet been determined.


ORIGINAL STORY (5:07pm): A large fire at a Jacksonville business has been burning for at least two hours, according to Jacksonville Fire officials.

The fire is at Western Pulp on the 1500 block of North Bolton Street in Jacksonville. 

Jacksonville Fire authorities say they have every crew on scene battling the fire, and it is still not extinguished.

There are no reported injuries so far.

KETK has a crew on scene, and will provide more information as soon as it comes in.

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