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Lumber-drying kiln on Clear Spring Road heavily damaged by fire

September 01, 2013|By DAVE MCMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • Spectators gather at a lumber kiln building on Clear Spring Road (Md. 68) that was destroyed by fire Sunday night.
Spectators gather at a lumber kiln building on Clear Spring Road (Md. 68) that was destroyed by fire Sunday night.

CLEAR SPRING — Fire broke out in a lumber-drying kiln along Clear Spring road between Clear Spring and Williamsport Sunday night. 

Flames shot high in the air before fire crews could get water on the structure at 14255 Clear Spring Road (Md. 68) at about 10 p.m. 

The owner of the property, Carl Eby, said he used the kiln to dry wood for lumber companies. 

Eby, who was at a church service when he was told about the blaze, said he does not know what caused the fire.  

Large plumes of steam started to rise off the building at about 10:18 p.m. when water started to soak into the structure. The flames were gone at 10:25 p.m. 

Before the flames were doused, fire was burning around what appeared to be three large fans in the ceiling of the building.

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The scene was full of thick smoke as firefighters battled the blaze.

Fire officials were not able to provide details Sunday night.

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