TribLIVE

| News


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Fire at Indiana County lumber yard appears accidental; loss set at $350K

Sunday, July 27, 2014, 7:39 p.m.
 

A Saturday fire at an Indiana County lumber yard that destroyed a building appears to be an accident, according to fire officials.

The blaze broke out at 5:30 p.m. in a storage building at Schroth Industries along Martin Road in White. Indiana Fire Association Third Assistant Chief Michael Empfield said the structure housed numerous pieces of equipment.

Owner Walter Schroth was using a Bobcat loader to do work at the site Saturday and pulled next to the storage building to put fuel in the piece of equipment from a fuel tank, Empfield said. The heat from the loader, which had been running for a few hours, caused the fuel to ignite, catching the building on fire. Schroth escaped injury, Empfield said.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze and returned to the site at 3:30 a.m. Sunday for a rekindle.

Empfield estimated the value of the building and contents at $350,000.

The lumber company and wood-treatment plant has been in the Schroth family since its establishment in 1920, according to the business website. No one answered the phone at the business Sunday afternoon.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Allegheny

  1. Beloved North Side gardener gets new truck, paid for by her neighbors
  2. Medical examiner identifies man in Pleasant Hills police standoff as Justin Hay
  3. Police stop car in Beltzhoover, find body in back seat
  4. Woman, 77, dies in Monroeville house fire
  5. PennDOT says inbound Fort Pitt Tunnel will close around-the-clock this weekend
  6. Beaver County man arrested in 24-year-old Clinton County cold case
  7. Pittsburgh cracks down on overcrowded houses
  8. Psychiatrist: Man accused of setting Homestead fire not competent to stand trial
  9. Uber gains PUC approval to operate in most of Pa. for 2 years
  10. New Turnpike Chairman Sean Logan institutes Wolf’s gift ban at commission
  11. 2 arrested in Wilkinsburg shooting