Forest Products' sawmill in Gray, Kentucky, catches fire after employees hear explosion; official believes building is total loss

LOS ANGELES , November 14, 2012 () –

A fire that appears to have been preceded by an explosion damaged Forest Products Inc.’s sawmill in Gray, Kentucky, on Nov. 12, but the company reopened the same day, reported WKYT-TV on Nov. 12.

Fire officials investigating the cause of the fire believe there was some type of explosion, which employees said they heard just before the fire started. Workers all got out of the building safely, and no injuries were reported.

The workers were upstairs when they heard an explosion around the air tanks beneath them and then left the building, one employee told Chief Darryl Baker with the West Knox Volunteer Fire Department.

The incident happened at about 8 a.m. on Nov. 12, when workers came into the office to say that the building was on fire, said General Sales Manager John Smith, who believed that the building was probably a total loss, WKYT-TV reported.

The primary source of this article is WKYT-TV News, Hazard, Kentucky, on Nov. 12, 2012.


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