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Fire investigators still unable to determine cause of lumber yard fire

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BAY COUNTY (WJRT) - (06/06/14) - It was a fire that lit up the Bay County sky last Saturday night.

Since a lumber yard went up in flames, fire investigators have been trying to determine what caused it to start.

At this point, the answer is - they're not sure.

The fire was captured on video by a person who lives across the street from King Lumber in Bay County's Monitor Township.

Two loud booms rattled the area around 10:30 Saturday night.

Fire crews who were called out didn't clear the scene until 9 Sunday morning.

The fire was contained to a large pole barn-type structure. Nearly a week later, Monitor Township Chief John Kramer says investigators can't figure out what caused it to start.

"They cannot locate a definite cause, there are several factors involved in this, it could be electrical, it could be something left on," said Monitor Township chief John Kramer.

Kramer says one thing is certain. The fire started in the south part of the huge building and moved to the north - but what sparked it may never be known.

"The fire burned very hot, very rapid, and with the amount of fuel load in this building, wood, cabinets, shingles, they can't pinpoint exactly what started this fire," he said.

It was a 25,000 foot facility. Kramer gave us some other numbers.

"A million dollars, $500,000 for the building, and $500,000 for the contents. It's a total loss," he said.

The lumber yard is owned and operated by the DeShano family. The building was insured, but it's not clear if any other entity will attempt to find the exact cause.

"Based on the amount of damage and destruction this fire caused, it can't be determined in two weeks or three days. It's going to take a long period of time, they have to, it's all legal stuff now, who is going to take control of it, who is going to pay for the removal of the debris," Kramer said.

We could not reach Chad DeShano, the operator of the lumber yard, for comment on Friday.
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