Broadwater County Sheriff Wynn Meehan said he believes a Thursday night fire at RY Timber in Townsend started under suspicious circumstances.
The call came in about 11:30 p.m., Meehan said.
Meehan said the fire had been burning for a while before someone noticed it. He said it was the first time in his more than 20 years of law enforcement that an aerial truck from another fire department had to be used.
At 10 a.m. Friday, he said he would still be at the fire if not for those aerial trucks. He added that it was “not a typical fire scene.”
He said one of the firefighters heard an explosion that rattled the windows of his home, and he saw the building was on fire. Meehan said the steel siding was glowing bright red.
Meehan said the building at 85 Mill Road, which he estimated to be 30 feet high by 150 long, was engulfed when he arrived at the scene about midnight.
“Literally from one side to the other, it was one big ball of flame and I thought ‘Oh my Lord,’” he said.
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