Paper ignites in shredder-compactor

From Local Sources

JASPER — The Jasper Volunteer Fire Department was called into service Tuesday afternoon when a paper shredder-compactor malfunctioned, causing a bale of paper inside to ignite.

The 2:05 p.m. call sent the department to the Kimball Recycling Center at 1550 Power Drive, according to Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang.

The flames did not spread quickly because the paper was packed so tight, according to Hochgesang. The finished bales from the machine are about 10 feet long and weigh 1,340 pounds each, he said.

Hochgesang said two employees used three extinguishers to control the fire until the department arrived.

There was no damage but the fire department briefly set up fans to exhaust smoke from the facility.

Four trucks and 27 firefighters were on the scene for about 20 minutes.

Photo courtesy Jasper Volunteer Fire Department

Photo courtesy Jasper Volunteer Fire Department

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