Creston mill hit hard by Friday morning fire




(Photo submitted) Potter Lumber was damaged by an early morning blaze Friday.


CRESTON-Firefighters made quick work of a short-lived blaze that occurred at Potter’s Lumber in Creston Friday morning, but it did not come without a cost.

An unknown number of mill workers and loggers will be without a job for the immediate future, said emergency management officials.

According to Ashe County Fire Marshal Bob Davis, the fire began around 5 a.m. at an isolated section of the mill, which is located at 13033 NC-88 West.

“It started at an electrical motor where loads are loaded onto to the the debarking,” said Davis. “It was knocked down pretty quickly.”

A cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

While Davis observed loggers moving materials and supplies from various locations Friday morning, he said mill operations at the facility will be down for the foreseeable future.

Fire officials are now awaiting the results of the insurance claim process before moving forward with the investigation.

Reach Jesse Campbell at 336-846-7164.

(Photo submitted) Potter Lumber was damaged by an early morning blaze Friday.
http://jeffersonpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_PotterLumber.jpg(Photo submitted) Potter Lumber was damaged by an early morning blaze Friday.
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