GETTING TO THE SOURCE   Lamesa firefighters spray water onto bales of mote cotton that ignited Thursday night inside a semi trailer parked  in the loading dock at King-Mesa Gin west of Lamesa. When an effort to pull the trailer way from the loading dock with a front-end loader failed, the loader was used to rip open the trailer to gain access to the bales. The loader then was used to scoop up the cotton and carry it out onto the gin yard.   (Russel Skiles/Press-Reporter)
GETTING TO THE SOURCE Lamesa firefighters spray water onto bales of mote cotton that ignited Thursday night inside a semi trailer parked in the loading dock at King-Mesa Gin west of Lamesa. When an effort to pull the trailer way from the loading dock with a front-end loader failed, the loader was used to rip open the trailer to gain access to the bales. The loader then was used to scoop up the cotton and carry it out onto the gin yard. (Russel Skiles/Press-Reporter)

    Forty-seven bales of mote cotton and a semi trailer they were in were destroyed in a fire on Thursday night at King-Mesa Gin located about six miles west of Lamesa.
    It was unknown late Thursday night whether the metal-covered loading dock where the trailer was parked sustained any damage from the fire or heat.
    The fire was discovered shortly before 9 p.m. by a local farmer who noticed smoke coming from the gin as he was heading home along Highway 180.
    Quinton Kearney, a customer of the gin, said he discovered the smoke was coming from a semi trailer parked in the loading dock on the east side of the main gin building.
    He attempted to close the open doors of the trailer in an effort to smother the blaze but they were blocked by the loading dock itself.
    Kearney said flames could be seen erupting from the trailer when the first Lamesa firefighters arrived at the scene a short time later.
    Gin representative Ronnie Brown said 47 mote bales – waste cotton that has been re-ginned and baled – had been loaded into the trailer as the gin completed operations for the season earlier that same day.
    Unable to reach the bales at the front of the enclosed trailer, firefighters sought, with little success, to spray water through holes punched into the sides of the trailer.

 

    Forty-seven bales of mote cotton and a semi trailer they were in were destroyed in a fire on Thursday night at King-Mesa Gin located about six miles west of Lamesa.