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IMAGES: Borden business damaged by fire

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BORDEN, Ind. (WDRB) -- On Friday morning, a massive fire was burning in a Borden, Indiana plant -- a plant with thousands of pounds of wood inside.

The fire started at Smith Creek Incorporated. By Friday afternoon, the flames were gone, but a company official said it was big, and he believes having an internal fire crew on the scene helped save the business.

"Whenever we see a fire...we scream, 'Fire! Fire! Fire!' and then everyone drops what they are doing and responds," explained Kyle Greene, Chief Financial Officer of Smith Creek Incorporated.

Greene said the company's fire suppression crew took action fast.

"That made the difference," he said. "It really did because without our internal fire would have been a much different story."

We asked him how big the fire was when it started. Greene said, "It was very, scary...not used to seeing black and white smoke coming out of our buildings."

One of six buildings on the property caught on fire; the building houses wood used for animal bedding and landscaping.

"It is a 30,000-square-foot building, so we have anywhere...probably 20,000 - 25,000 square yards of material," Greene said.

That's why 60 firefighters from six departments responded to the scene.

"When we arrived...there was heavy smoke conditions from the front of the appeared that we had a big mulch pile on fire, as well as the office area," said Chief Greg Meredith, Greenville Fire Department.

Fire officials also credit the company's fire suppression crew with controlling the fire until help arrived.

"We believe that saved the building from being completely engulfed," said Chief Meredith.

Meanwhile, it took firefighters about an hour to control the fire and there are no injuries.

"That's priority Number One," Greene said. "You can always replace a piece of metal, but you can't replace a life."

But he still wants to know what caused the fire.

"Just so that we can find out what the problem is and how to prevent it going forward," said Greene.

All of the fire departments have left the scene but the internal fire crew will be there around-the-clock to watch for hot spots.

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