SOUTH SHORE, Ky. - No one was injured in the fire that destroyed Graf Brothers Flooring's 75,000-square-foot warehouse on Dec. 30. The manufacturer of rift and quartered lumber and flooring said firefighters were able to contain the fire and "save the overwhelming majority" of its South Shore, Kentucky sawmill. The company also has a flooring plant in Portsmouth, Ohio.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, according to local media sources.
At its 70-acre lumber mill in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Kentucky, Graf Brothers produces 125,000 board feet of lumber and 35,000 square feet of flooring daily.
On its website, the Graf family posted: "Everyone is safe and there were no injuries. Graf Brothers Flooring and Lumber will remain steadfast to our goals and will continue to do business as usual. We will rebuild and continue to be the world’s largest manufacturer of rift and quartered products. Thank you for all your thoughts in prayers during these trying times."
Graf's produces more than 125,000 board feet of lumber per shift and 50,000 square feet of flooring per shift, according to the company's website. It boasts 14 state-of-the-art drying kilns, enabling the company to dry more than 2 million feet of hardwood lumber per month.
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