Historic lumber yard destroyed in fire

Source: FOX19 News Nation
Source: FOX19 News Nation
Source: David McFadden
Source: David McFadden

HILLSBORO, OH (FOX19) - Fire crews continued to battle hot spots Monday after a fire destroyed a historic lumber yard in Hillsboro.

Dispatchers tell FOX19 the call came in just after 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon at the old Highland Enterprise Lumber Yard  in the 200 block of West Main Street.

In a matter of hours, the entire lumberyard was destroyed.

Three firefighters suffered minor injuries. One suffered from heat exhaustion, one had some debris fall on him and the other got debris in his eyes. All three were back at work on Monday.

The business had been abandoned and very little was actually left inside.

"I hated to see it go up in smoke," said Tom Hammond, who worked at the business for 40 years, before it closed in 2010.

He said he knew every inch of the property that was as old as Hillsboro itself.

Bruce Lamb, whose family owned the business for decades, drove to the scene Sunday after a former employee texted him that the buildings were on fire.

Lamb said he saw flames shooting 100 feet in the air.  Dozens of fire trucks and crews were staged all around the block where the fire raged.

Although the business was defunct, Lamb said it was "a heartbreaking experience" to see a piece of Hillsboro's history go up in flames.

There is no word yet on what may have caused the fire, or if arson was a possibility.

Investigators with the state fire marshal's office are at the scene Monday morning.

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