Loading

55°F

57°F

57°F

53°F

53°F

60°F

57°F

61°F

53°F

57°F

61°F

57°F
Search
NEWS STORIES

Limited damage after fire at Pukall LumberSubmitted: 07/09/2013
Story By Lex Gray


ARBOR VITAE - A fire at Pukall Lumber last Wednesday didn't slow the company down.

No one worked Thursday and Friday, but that was because of Independence Day, not because of the fire. Now, everything but the paneling shop is up and running.

"The fire started right here at our chipping operation, we chip scrap up and blow it into our silos," said vice president Rick Wilson. "There's some foreign object, we think, that got into our chipper that created a spark and started the fire."

Wilson can't remember the last time they had a fire like this.

"We had an employee who noticed some smoke coming out of the top of the building and when we got to the fire, it was already quite large," he said. "We did what we could with the fire extinguishers until the fire department came."

Arbor Vitae fought the fire along with five other departments. Firewalls helped, too.

"The building is really not a total loss," Wilson said. "This is one corner of a very large building. The firewalls did their job and we were able to limit this fire to this one section."

Wilson guesses the damage here will probably run about half a million dollars.

"This building is only paneling and flooring operation. It's a minor part of our business, so overall, we will rebuild it, but it won't have a significant impact on our operation."

Wilson says a fire in any other part of the building would have done millions of dollars' worth of damage. He's also grateful for a quick response.

"I want to thank all the local volunteer fire departments," he said. "They did a great job, they responded quickly and they were very professional."

The panel shop will take at least a few months to rebuild.

Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com





 IN OTHER NEWS

EAGLE RIVER - As the weather warms up, some trails in the Northwoods need to be groomed to prepare for the summer season.

+ Read More

NEPAL - A second Wisconsin man who went to climb Mount Everest survived an avalanche caused by the earthquake in Nepal.

+ Read More

MINOCQUA - The run raises money for the Kiwanis Autism Project.

The project supports six local schools by giving iPads to children with Autism.

Some of the children were presented with iPads this weekend.

"This event started with a Kiwanis governor who started an autism program, because his grandchild had autism, and he realized the power of the iPad, and how effective it could be for any kid with autism," said Race Director Dan Brunette.

+ Read More

WISCONSIN - Bag limits for panfish could change on about 95 Wisconsin lakes. The majority of those lakes are in Northern Wisconsin.

+ Read More

Play Video

MERRILL - The Merrill Historical Society held its first History Hunt Saturday. The group has been working on the plan for the event since last October, and it finally chose a transportation theme.

+ Read More

LAKE MILLS - A Lake Mills poultry processing facility will start production again after euthanizing 800,000 chickens in response to an outbreak of bird flu in the Midwest.

+ Read More

Play Video

WAUSAU - More than 400 people picked up trash today as part of the sixth annual Ghidorzi Green and Clean Earth Day event in Marathon County.

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: 




Click Here