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Fire rips through lumberyard in Clay Township

June 28, 2020 Digital Media Exclusive

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Flames shoot high into the air and thick black smoke could be seen for miles from the fire that started about 4 p.m. Sunday at Mininck's Tree Service and Slabs at Route 308 and Mahood Road in Clay Township.

A large fire ripped through a building at a Clay Township lumber yard building late Sunday afternoon. No injuries were reported.

Flames shot high into the air and thick black smoke could be seen for miles from the fire that started about 4 p.m. at Mininck's Tree Service and Slabs at Route 308 and Mahood Road.

The business was closed and a cause was not immediately known. A next-door neighbor reported that the electricity at his and at least two other nearby homes “blinked on and off” momentarily about the time it appeared the fire started.

“It looked like it started in the front corner” of the Quonset high-style business filled with cut lumber.

Kerm Minick, who owns the business, noted the electrical box was in that corner of the business.

“What are you going to do?” Minick said as he watched the fire tear through the building.

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Jim Smith

Jim Smith

Grew up in upstate New York. Earned my Journalism degree in 1983 from the University of Texas at Austin. Worked for two newspapers in Fayette County (Pa.) before starting at the Butler Eagle in 1998.