Cause of Frick's Lumber Yard Fire Unable to be Determined (With Photos)

By Scott Sarvay


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October 23, 2012 Updated Nov 10, 2013 at 11:52 PM EDT

Noble County, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - The State Fire Marshall’s Office has concluded that the cause of Frick’s Lumber Yard fire will not be able to be determined. Their reason, so much of the building is gone from the fire that they cannot deduce what the cause of the fire was.

Back in 2004 the Noble County lumber yard rose from the ashes of another sawmill fire which burned for more than nine hours overnight.

This time, crews were called to the Frick Lumber Yard in Brimfield, Ind. just before midnight. The glow from the fire could be seen from at least five-miles away.

Investigators say the flames sparked in the kiln room that was loaded with lumber that was ready to be planed.

But the burning lumber was just one of many tense situations.

Putting-out a propane tank that was exploding, then protecting the surrounding buildings to keep the fire from spreading.

Jim Abbs with the Orange Township - Rome City Fire Department says, “We actually could see the building as we were coming down the road, the roof was out by the time we turned the corner and got here, there was no roof. It was a very intense fire. This whole area was ignited, you could see flames."

14 fire departments, every one in Noble County, responded to the fire. 17 tanker trucks were used to supply the water needed to douse the fire.

Thankfully no one hurt.

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