The cause of an inferno that destroyed $500,000 worth of property Wednesday at Carter Lumber remains a mystery.
Investigators spent hours on Thanksgiving and Friday searching through the rubble for answers at the US 20 lumber yard.
A manager discovered the fire and called 911. Wellington firefighters were alerted at 5:17 p.m. to the blaze in Pittsfield Township, which lies on the far northern side of their fire district.
However, Oberlin firefighters were first on scene with a tanker and crew and reported the structure being fully engulfed by flames on arrival.
Smoke and an orange glow could be seen from as far away as the intersection of routes 58 and 303, said Wellington fire chief Mike Wetherbee.
Camden firefighters joined the battle as teams attacked the fire from the ground and with a ladder truck. Wakeman, Carlisle, Grafton Township, and LaGrange responders also arrived on the scene with additional tankers.
The fire was largely confined to the 10,200-square-foot Carter building though it did spread to some lumber stocked nearby.
Crews spent six hours on the scene, calling in an excavator to help move metal and wood away from the building’s ruins.
No one was inside the building at the time of the fire and no was hurt.
The state fire marshal met with Wetherbee on Friday to examine the damages and possible cause of the fire.
Valerie Urbanik can be reached at 440-647-3171 or on Twitter @ValUrbanik.
Three firefighters remove a side of the Carter Lumber building to fight the blaze.