Firefighter sent to the hospital during blaze in Cullman County

CULLMAN COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - In Cullman County, fire crews are investigating a fire at a business that sent one firefighter to the hospital and shut down Highway 31 in both directions.

Bates Pallet Shop in Vinemont caught fire just after 1:00 p.m. Fire crews from Vinemont, Cullman and West Point all joined together to fight it.

Witnesses say the fire spread quickly. "The building, it caught fire. I just thank God for the fire department. Getting it put out before it spread to the hay field," said witness Kyle Waldrop.

That firefighter suffered from heat exhaustion and smoke inhalation. He was taken to Cullman Regional Medical Center.

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