Cause of RY Timber fire in Townsend remains a mystery, sheriff says

Phil Drake

Broadwater County Sheriff Wynn Meehan said the cause of the May 26 fire at RY Timber remains a mystery partly due to a lack of evidence and missed opportunity to have potential clues evaluated immediately by fire experts.

Meehan said Monday, more than two months after the fire which ripped through the building at 85 Mill Road in Townsend, that he has reviewed the videotapes that are available from the blaze.

But he still does not know how it started.

Chief Ed Shindoll of the Townsend Volunteer Fire Department said illness prevented him from being at the fire that night, and, as a result, firefighters did not call in a state fire marshal to help determine the cause.

“It was inexperience,” Shindoll said, adding that had he been at the blaze the state fire marshal would have been notified.

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He said the volunteer firefighters have since been coached on the proper procedure. He and Meehan said they had not heard from any insurance company about a cause of the blaze.

There were no injuries reported, officials said. There was no one working in the building at the

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