Cotton Moat Fire Still Smoldering in Wilson - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/23/08

Cotton Moat Fire Still Smoldering in Wilson

Cotton continues to smolder in Lynn County Wednesday evening, nearly 20 hours after flames broke out at the Fiber Bright Moat Plant in Wilson. Cotton moat is a by-product of cotton, processed and used for stuffing.

Wilson volunteer fire fighters called for assistance around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. Crews from Tahoka and Slaton came to assist, as the flames continued to grow. Most flames were knocked down by Wednesday afternoon.

Wilson's fire chief says this isn't the first time they've been called to this location for a fire.

"We've been out here, I guess this is the fifth time," said Chief Curtis Gicklhorn. "And most of them have been 14 to 18 hours or longer; one of them was 27." 

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, however the Chief says that workers tell him they had some problems with a forklift throwing sparks. He also says with such dry conditions, even static electricity could have started the blaze.

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