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A fire at Pendley Wood Products' sawmill that started at about 2:30 a.m. Oct. 6 continued to smolder.

The first firefighters' unit arrived on the sawmill by 3:00 a.m., working until about 7:00 p.m. to contain the blaze, said Jeremy Hedge, a firefighter with  Rural Volunteer Fire Department, District 2 in Orange County, Indiana.

Pendley Wood Product’s offices and lumber mill sit atop a large hill, Hedge said. The sawdust and wood waste that caught fire were accumulated in a pile approximately 75 feet high, 50 feet deep and 150  to 200 feet wide.

The cause of the fire, which was expected to continue burn for several days, is still undetermined. No injuries were reported.

Firefighters from the U.S. Forestry Service were called in to protect Hoosier National Forest, which is located nearby. According to Hedge, the firefighters cleared a path around the fire to create firebreaks and backburns to contain it.

This is the second fire at the sawmill within the last five years.

“The previous fire burned for nearly two weeks,” Hedge said.

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