Employee says Amelia County lumber yard fire ‘could have been a lot worse’

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AMELIA COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — An early-morning fire destroyed a building at a lumber yard in Amelia County Tuesday, but those who work there say the incident could have been much worse. 

Firefighters were called to Anderson Bros. Lumber Co. on Otterburn Rd. around 1:30 a.m. Chief Justin Wargofcak said crews heard what sounded like several explosions and saw power lines on fire.

Upon arrival, they found a building on fire. The building was within a block of the Amelia County Middle School and High School.

With help from every fire department in the county, the fire was under control within 45 minutes, before it reached nearby structures.

“You can look around and see that it could have been a lot worse, we’ve got buildings that are within 20 foot of where this building was,” said  Anderson Bros. Lumber Co employee Deborah Weaver.

The majority of the buildings were originally built in the 1950s.

Employees told 8News that the company was in the planning process of renovating the building that caught on fire as well as other structures that were not damaged.

A forklift and sawmill were damaged in the fire. No injuries were reported.

All that is left is burnt power poles, charred machinery and pieces of the building’s foundation remain as clean up begins.

As for what started the fire, no information is available.

“To my knowledge, the equipment was running yesterday just like it runs every day here at the mill and nothing that we can think of would have instigated this,” said Weaver.

The owner’s son told 8News that the building was not insured, so the fire department will not be investigating the cause.

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