Fire officials say an investigation is underway into possible code violations at the scene of a massive fire in Springfield.
The fire started around 7 p.m. Wednesday at a property on Warder Street, near Williamson Street.
When fire crews arrived, they found a massive fire at a storage area for pallets.
Fire officials say accessibility was their biggest obstacle while fighting the fire.
The area, believed to be roughly the size of 2.5 acres, was so jam-packed with pallets that firefighters had to utilize ladder trucks to pour water onto the flames until a more direct path could be made through all the material standing between them and the source of the fire.
“The pallets are packed in here pretty tight. Ideally, from a code-enforcement standpoint, we like to make sure there’s at least 20 foot wide paths for a fire engine to drive back into this yard,” Chief Miller said. “Unfortunately, sometimes those pallets get moved in because they have lots of pallets. I suppose the more pallets they have, the more money they can turn, but this has been on our radar for a while.”