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Sawmill Burned Today
« on: March 16, 2013, 05:44:05 PM »
I was at my nephew's house next door when a neighbor stopped and yelled "your sawmill is on fire". It was totally involved. I called 911 on my radio, I am also fire chief of our VFD. Pumper on scene within 5 minutes.The mill, millshed, attached shop is a total loss. Front tires on tractor nearby burned but I was able to start and back away from the fire. Lost both of my chainsaws, leaf blower, 70 WM blades, all my electric hand tools, planer, tablesaw, air compressor and all my hand tools. Both of my logrite cant hook have bent handles from the heat. It may be time to retire.
Insurance on mill with MAI, I don't think anything else is covered.

No one hurt and it was just "Things".

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Re: Sawmill Burned Today
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2013, 05:46:39 PM »
Ouch.
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Re: Sawmill Burned Today
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2013, 05:47:55 PM »
Heck Willie!!!!!!!!

That is crazy,pleased no one got hurt. Do ya know how it started?
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Re: Sawmill Burned Today
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2013, 06:14:16 PM »
Sorry to hear this , hard pill to swallow. Glad nobody was hurt! Wish you luck with your insurance , keep your chin up Willie.... :-\



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Re: Sawmill Burned Today
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2013, 06:16:56 PM »
I am very sorry to hear that bit of bad news.   :'(   Retire? You would miss the sawing.   ;D     Sounds like you had quite the operation going there.
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Re: Sawmill Burned Today
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2013, 07:01:44 PM »
Any idea what happened?

I was up to the neighbors who was boiling down sap yesterday. I was just looking around inside the shed they was boiling down in. I seen a couple of things going on that could cause troubles, on top of the guy saying the door to the firebox had turned nice and red the last time they boiled down. I'm thinking a sugar shack might be one less soon.  :-X
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Re: Sawmill Burned Today
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2013, 07:03:49 PM »
Sorry to hear it, My truck burn down about 2 months ago had insurance with Nationwide but still got took to the cleaners, Hope you have better luck than I did
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Re: Sawmill Burned Today
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2013, 07:05:27 PM »
arrggh.  that sucks man, sorry to hear it.  what a drag. 

keep us posted on how things progress and good luck.   
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Re: Sawmill Burned Today
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2013, 07:24:56 PM »
What a tragedy.   

Any idea how it started?
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Re: Sawmill Burned Today
« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2013, 07:25:23 PM »
No idea how it started, I had gone to the mill about 15 minutes before to get tools we needed at my nephew's. I saw nothing that indicated a problem. It was a hot fire, melted alum block on pressure washer. Oh well, God has blessed me for years, we will move on. Did not burn any of the several thousand feet of oak and pine I had custom sawed for customers this week.
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Re: Sawmill Burned Today
« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2013, 07:31:57 PM »
sorry  to hear about your misfortune . a real bummer . I'm the same age as you , don't know what my response would be . take your time and let your mind heal before you make any hasty decisions .
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« Reply #11 on: March 16, 2013, 07:32:59 PM »
  :o :o :o  Holey Moley.  :o :o :o

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 Sorry to read about this.  The one thing I fear the most. It's usually a total loss.
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Re: Sawmill Burned Today
« Reply #12 on: March 16, 2013, 07:58:50 PM »
That is terrible news.
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« Reply #13 on: March 16, 2013, 08:04:42 PM »
OUCH...that hurts down here too. Things can be replaced, glad you are OK.
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Re: Sawmill Burned Today
« Reply #14 on: March 16, 2013, 08:31:27 PM »
That is terrible news!   :o  But I am glad everyone is okay.  Amazing that your customer's wood was not touched (that was a real blessing  ;) )  Hopefully everything works out with your insurance.  I wish you all the best!

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« Reply #15 on: March 16, 2013, 08:34:19 PM »
My prayers are with you. 
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« Reply #16 on: March 16, 2013, 08:39:26 PM »
Hate to hear it.
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« Reply #17 on: March 16, 2013, 08:41:05 PM »
That's about a cruddy thing to have happen.  :-\ Any idea of the cause? Be sure to let us know how MIA handles things for you.
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« Reply #18 on: March 16, 2013, 08:47:32 PM »
I sure am sorry to read about this. Many times we don't know why these things occur; but, there is a reason.

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« Reply #19 on: March 16, 2013, 08:55:35 PM »
I am sorry to hear about your loss, glad no one was hurt.


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