ISABEL HICKS Chronicle Staff Writer
LIVINGSTON — A structure fire at R-Y Timber in Livingston that started early Monday morning burned three connected buildings on the property and injured two employees.
The fire is contained, said Danielle Babcox, firefighter and spokesperson for Park County Rural Fire District. The severity of the injuries was unknown as of Monday afternoon.
The fire destroyed the timber yard’s planer, which is what they use to smooth the lumber. Without a functioning planer the company won’t be able to operate as normal, said Dennis Davaz, resource manager for R-Y Timber. The timber needs to be smoothed before it is shipped to customers. Davaz did not yet know when it would be up and running again.
“It’s just a blow to us and our employees,” Davaz said.
Some 50 people fought the fire, which took around three hours to control. As of 1 p.m. Monday there were still some hot spots in standing buildings that officials were hosing down.
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The fire started around 6 a.m. on Monday. Babcox said they did not know what caused the fire and that officials were investigating.
“It was a very hot,