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Fayette lumberyard burns

| Monday, Nov. 26, 2001

A fire at a lumberyard in Fairchance, Fayette County, early Sunday caused more than $200,000 damage.

Fairchance fire Chief Raymond Eicher said the blaze broke out at Pechin Home Center and Lumber, 3 W. Church St., shortly before 5 a.m. While the cause was still undetermined Sunday afternoon, Eicher said investigators expected to be back on the scene today.

"We have a lot to dig through," Eicher said.

"We're not calling it arson for now," Eicher said. "But we're looking at it hard because there's no reason for what happened."

The lumber storage building and thousands of dollars in lumber were engulfed in flames when firefighters from five companies arrived. It took more than 80 firefighters two hours to bring the blaze under control, and firefighters remained at the scene dousing hot spots for an additional three hours. No injuries were reported.

"The wind really played havoc with us. It was probably going about 30 mph," Eicher said. "But the rain helped. If it hadn't rained, we would have had field fires all over Fairchance with all the debris that was flying around."

Eicher said a garage fire that erupted a short distance from the lumberyard may have been ignited by the burning debris. The structure, located at 16 N. Morgantown St., suffered minor damage.

Pechin Home Center and Lumber is affiliated with Pechin Shopping Village in Dunbar Township. In addition to a variety of shops in the shopping village at 449 Pechin Road, the company has several other Home Center and Lumber stores located throughout Fayette County.

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