Intense flames, smoke pour from Indiana Co. lumber yard



INDIANA, Pa. - A fire at a lumber yard in Indiana County produced intense flames and heavy smoke Saturday evening.

Fire crews were called about 5:30 p.m. to Schroth Industries on Martin Road in Indiana, where a maintenance building caught fire.

“When we got here it was just a light, wispy smoke that quickly went to blowing through the roof and out the back of the building,” said Capt. Ron Moreau, of the Indiana Fire Association.

Moreau said the blaze started while a Schroth employee was refueling a skid loader, which caught fire and quickly spread to the building.

“The building is a block building on the first floor and a frame structure on the second floor, loaded with lumber and tractors and tires,” said Moreau.

Firefighters from several departments battled the flames for hours.

The fire was contained to one building, which was destroyed, but with lumber and wood pallets stacked nearby, the blaze could have been worse.

No injuries were reported.