Pennsylvania Lumber Fire Took 1.5M Gallons to Douse

August 22, 2017

A fire chief says a Pennsylvania lumber mill fire took 1.5 million gallons of water to douse, though no workers were hurt in the blaze and only one firefighter suffered a minor injury.

Lawn Volunteer Fire Chief Daniel Braden says the blaze at Weaber Lumber in South Annville Township depleted most of the yard’s 1.2-million gallon emergency pond. Water was drawn from other sites when firefighters from 36 different companies used about 60 vehicles to fight the blaze which began shortly before midnight Saturday and was out by Sunday morning.

The fire started in a kiln that was packed with lumber. The kiln measures about 50 feet by 150 feet.

The family owned company is one of the country’s leading hardwood lumber suppliers. Officials there didn’t immediately comment Monday.

Topics Pennsylvania

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