Fire Destroys Fifth-Generation Indiana Lumberyard

An Indiana lumberyard on its fifth generation of ownership was destroyed by fire Wednesday.

WANE-TV reports that Yarnelle Lumber Company of Wabash, Ind. was completely lost to the blaze.

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Jill Yarnelle, wife of fifth-generation owner Ken Yarnelle, said that the her husband heard a buzzing sound coming from a fuse box when the fire was discovered. Within an hour the downtown Wabash building was fully engulfed.

Fire chief Barry Stroup told reporters on the scene that strong winds propelled the fire to spread quickly. A YMCA next door was evacuated before it also sustained damage.

The Indiana Historical Society reports that Yarnelle Lumber Company was founded in 1864.

Jill Yarnelle told WANE-TV that she didn’t think the company would rebuild. “Well they’re already talking about getting a bulldozer and pushing it all in,” she told WANE-TV.

The Wabash Plain Dealer reported the same via Facebook.

The Paper of Wabash County shared the following images.

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