FARMINGTON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) – A sawmill in Famington Township was heavily damaged by fire Tuesday.
Crews from Bristol, Bloomfield, Middlefield, Champion, Mesopotamia and Southington were called at about 7:40 p.m. to the building along Girdle Road. When they arrived, heavy smoke and flames were coming from the building.
Additional fire crews were called to the scene, including a ladder truck from Middlefield Fire Department.
Farmington Twp. Fire Chief Jon Bland said there were several challenges in fighting the fire. There was fuel inside the sawmill, which fed the flames, and there is a lack of water in the area.
“We don’t have fire hydrants, so we have to shuttle water from different ponds and various water sources,” he said. “On top of that, we’re 100 percent volunteer fire department, and we’ve lost a lot of volunteers over the years.”
The fire was contained, but the building was declared a total loss. The owner believes some of the equipment inside is salvageable.
The owner said, all things considered, it could have been much worse.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.