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Machine shop catches fire
Lumby fire crews quickly got a fire under control Sunday night, preventing what they say could have been $3 million in damage.
Lumby Fire Chief Tony Clayton says they received a call of a construction fire at 9:45 p.m. Sunday evening.
The fire was inside an industrial machine shop.
He says the fire was involved on the inside of the building causing extensive damage but the outside remained solid.
“The building is relatively structurally sound because it is a steel building but there were wooden dividing walls inside the building and that is what was on fire,” said Clayton.
The Lumby Fire Department responded with 11 fire fighters and three trucks. Crews remained on scene well into the morning ensuring the fire was properly put out.
Clayton says this fire could have been much worse if his crews had not acted quickly as the mechanic shop was full of oil and greases.
“There was some fairly expensive heavy equipment but we managed to save all that,” he added. “ Worse case scenario if things had got really bad it could have been a $3 million fire.”
Fire investigators were back on the scene Monday to try and determine a cause.
Clayton says it will take some time because there is a lot to dig through.
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