On Saturday (6-25-22) afternoon a fire was reported at the Kennebec Lumber Company sawmill building in Greenfield, New Hampshire. The hardwood lumber mill is closed on Saturday and the blaze was first seen by an employee working at a business directly across the street. The fire quickly escalated to a 4-alarm fire and required a mutual aid response from approximately 25 surrounding fire departments and 120 firefighters.
According to Greenfield Fire Chief Richard McQuade, the sawmill building, which had an open floor plan, housed wood, sawdust, and bark mulch, all which contributed to the intensity of the fire. The sawmill building is a total loss, but was the only building impacted by the fire. All of the other buildings on the site – the office, the kiln building and lumber stacked along the road were not affected.
The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time, but not considered to be suspicious in nature.
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Four-alarm fire destroys Kennebec Lumber sawmill building