A lumber mill in the 6400 block of Agate Road was destroyed by fire Monday morning. Central Mason Fire & EMS received the call at 8:05 AM. Initial reports say a piece of wood caught fire after getting stuck while being milled. A hydraulic hose then burst and the hydraulic fluid ignited spreading to the rest of the milling facility.
The mill’s manufacturing facility was fully involved when fire crews arrived. Firefighters kept the fire from spreading to adjacent structures that included a warehouse full of cedar and a residence/office, two large propane tanks, and finished lumber products on the site. Estimated value of that product is $3 Million.
Firefighters were challenged by limited water supply and had to utilize tenders to battle the blaze. According to a news release, there were plenty of personnel available to respond since the call occurred during a shift change.
No one was injured and crews were on the scene extinguishing hot spots for most of the day. Agate Road was closed from east of Timberlakes to the corner where Agate Road becomes Pickering Road.
Also responding to this fire were crews from North Mason Regional Fire Authority, Mason County Fire Districts 3, 4, 6, 11, and 16. Mason County PUD 3 and Deputies from the Mason County Sheriff’s Office also assisted with the response.
Although the investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing, it is believed to be accidental.