Mena residents heard a loud explosion, some even reporting feeling the blast in their homes, shortly before 10:00 p.m. Thursday night. Mena Fire Department was paged out at 10:00 p.m. to Pine Moore Shavings on Hwy 375 (the old Mid-South Wood Products location) and the first firemen were on the scene at 10:03 p.m. where there was a large fire in progress.
Highway 375 was closed at one point for safety and traffic control as well as to prevent blockageof a fire hydrant at the corber of Eve Street and Highway 375.
Pine Moore Shavings manufactures pet bedding products.
The cause of the blaze is under investigation.
No injuries were reported. One fireman did get overheated but after cooling down continued battling the blaze.
In addition to the Mena Fire Department, Shady Grove and Potter fire departments responded, as well as Mena Police, Polk County Sheriff's Department, Polk County OES, and SW EMS.
8-16-19 8:01 a.m. KAWX.ORG