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Scandinavian Forestry Equipment's Oneida Co. facility 'structurally unsound' after fireSubmitted: 01/14/2020
Story By Stephen Goin

Scandinavian Forestry Equipment's Oneida Co. facility 'structurally unsound' after fire
TOWN OF CRESCENT - Following a fire Tuesday morning, the service warehouse at Scandinavian Forestry Equipment's Crescent facility has been deemed structurally unsound. 

Shortly before 7:30 am, multiple crews responded to an employee report of fire at the Oneida Co. branch of the logging equipment supplier.

"When we got on scene the roof was already partially collapsed already, so there already had been fire there for quite some time," said Sgt. Scott Rathbun with the Rhinelander Fire Department.

Rathbun said the fire was contained and extinguished is less than three hours with just water. Firefighting foam was used to cover the debris. The facility sustained a majority of damage to its roof and the contents inside the facility.

Assistant Manager Laurie Kent told Newswatch 12 the warehouse was filled with valuable equipment.

"There was a piece of logging equipment inside, and then just a bunch of stuff for their shop with tools and waste oil," said Rathbun.

No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is still unknown. 

Fire departments from Rhinelander, Crescent, Pelican and Newbold responded to the incident. The Oneida Co. Sheriff's Office and county ambulance also responded along with Wisconsin Public Service. 

According to Kent, employees will continue to work at the Oneida Co. facility but not in the warehouse. Kent said several local business have offered to let Scandinavian Forestry Equipment use their shops and service centers.

Kent also told Newswatch 12 the equipment supplier planned to move to a new building in the Village of Maine this summer. 


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