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Fire burns lumber mill near Athol

Fire erupted at a sawmill along U.S. 95 Wednesday morning, sending plumes of black smoke into the air and suspending operations as firefighters arrived. (SR photo)
Fire erupted at a sawmill along U.S. 95 Wednesday morning, sending plumes of black smoke into the air and suspending operations as firefighters arrived. (SR photo)

ATHOL, Idaho – Fire erupted at a sawmill along U.S. 95 Wednesday morning, sending plumes of black smoke into the air and suspending operations as firefighters arrived.

There were no reports of injuries. Employees were on break when the fire started in the planer mill building at about 10 a.m.

One worker said damage appeared to be significant.

The mill site includes a finger joint mill owned by Merritt Bros. Lumber Co. Inc., and the planer mill that is being leased from Merritt by Vaagen Brothers Lumber Inc. out of Colville/Eli Francovich, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

 



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D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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