UPDATE: Fire Marshal investigates Kalmer Lumber and Pallet Company fire

8:48 AM, Sep 26, 2012   |    comments
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Clinton County, Ill (KSDK) -- The owner of a lumber and pallet company in Clinton County believes a lightning strike may have sparked a fire at the business.

The official cause will be decided by the Illinois State Fire Marshal who is on the scene of the blaze now.

The owner of Kalmer Lumber and Pallet Company said there was a lot of lightning in the area and then a huge boom. 

The fire destroyed a large production facility building and the heavy equipment stored inside, including fork lifts and tools.

Clin-Clair Fire District Chief Rick Musenbrock tells NewsChannel 5 severe weather halted efforts to put the fire out at one point, after he pulled firefighters back to insure their safety.

Musenbrock says intense lightning continued around the fire scene for nearly an hour.  No injuries though were reported in the fire.

More than 40 firefighters from various departments were on the scene to assist in the mutual aid response.

No one was injured in the fire.

The business in the 7700 block of Albers Road employs 20 workers.  They will continue to work in the other production facilities on site.


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