In Seattle an arson investigation was recently launched into a spectacular fire which destroyed one of the world's largest cedar lumber mills.
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Background: In Seattle an arson investigation was recently launched into a spectacular fire which destroyed one of the world's largest cedar lumber mills. Some 500 firemen fought to control the waterfront blaze, which was visible for 200 miles.
Stacks of dried cedar were consumed, like matchsticks by the inferno. A brisk wind whipped the flames as high as 200 feet into the night sky. Seattle's fire chief said it was one of the worst blazes he had witnessed in 47 years of firefighting. It was thought to have started in the drying kilos in the middle of the mill--just why is the subject of the arson investigation.
Damage is estimated at one and a half million dollars. There were no deaths or serious injuries. In today's depressed lumber markets, it's doubtful whether the mill will be rebuilt.