Second Fire Destroys Babcock Lumber

Babcock Lumber fire
Babcock Lumber in Hubbard Township was destroyed by a fire Saturday morning.

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Fire investigators in Hubbard said they may never know what touched off a pair of fires that ultimately destroyed a building at a local lumber yard.

It is rare when two separate fires occur in the same place within a span of less than 24 hours, but at this point,the local fire chief said the cause of both  incidents is going on the books as undetermined.

Shortly before noon Monday. investigators with the State Fire Marshal’s office arrived at the scene of Babcock Lumber on Mount Everett Road in the township to survey the damage. On Friday, firefighters were quickly able to dowse flames in a building used to make wood counter tops.

At the time, authorities suspected a malfunctioning lighting fixture may have been to blame. But less than a day later, crews were back at the scene as fire destroyed whatever was left .

“It was completely different Saturday morning. It was defensive all the way. The complete structure was involved with fire and we protected the exposures and tried to do the best job we could,” said Hubbard Fire Chief Ron Stanish.

Stanish said the power to the building was shut off and they released the building back to the owner following Friday’s blaze.

Firefighters fought Saturday’s blaze in defensive mode to keep it from spreading to adjacent buildings. Stanish said he believes the second fire may have been burning for some time late Friday or early Saturday before crews were called.

He said there was no damage estimate available yet.

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