Fire destroys part of Chatham County lumber yard

Fire crews at Goldston Lumber on Friday night. Photo by Kelly Kennedy/CBS North Carolina

GOLDSTON, N.C. (WNCN) — Several fire crews responded to fire at a lumber yard in Chatham County Friday night, officials said.

The fire was reported around 7:15 p.m. at Goldston Lumber Company, according to Chatham County officials.


The fire on South Main Street was still underway as of 8 p.m., authorities said.

By 9 p.m., firefighters were dealing with “hot spots” left from the blaze, but were running into problems with large metal pieces blocking water from some areas.

“It is all gone. They had heavy machinery within the building. They had a sawmill and several stacks of lumber,” said Capt. Jared Oldham of the Goldston Fire Department.

“We don’t respond to huge structure fires often, but this is one for the books,” Oldham added.

The lumber plant has been in operation since the 1950s.

Fire officials are still investigating the cause of the fire.

No other buildings were involved in the fire and no injuries were reported.

Four fire departments responded to the blaze.

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