Firefighters battled a stubborn blaze Thursday that torched a pile of pallets at a recycling center between Jackson and Jenkinsburg.

Crews responded to the fire around 2:30 p.m. and an hour later had made little progress tamping down the smoke and flames that burned inside a large pile of broken up and whole wooden pallets at Green’s Recycling off Ga. Highway 42.

Butts County Fire Chief Mike Wilson said fire crews did not leave Green’s Recycling until nearly 7:30 p.m., some five hours later.

Firefighters from Butts County, Jackson, Flovilla, the Georgia Department of Corrections and Henry County responded.

With the nearest fire hydrant across Ga. Highway 42 from the site of the recycling center, south of Old Bethel Road, crews had to fill tanker trucks and drive them back across the road to supply water to fire hoses attached to the engine parked closest to the blaze.

Crews also applied fire-suppressing foam to the flames.

It wasn’t immediately clear what started the blaze. A large burn barrel containing what appeared to be pallet planks was actively smoldering a short distance from the stack of pallets firefighters worked to put out.

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Michael Davis has been the editor of the Jackson Progress-Argus since 2010. He previously worked as an editor and reporter for the Henry Daily Herald and Clayton News-Daily.