Early morning fire erupts at R-Y Timber

By John Carroll
The Livingston Enterprise
September 12, 2022
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

MONTANA — An early morning fire at R-Y Timber in Livingston on Monday destroyed a 6,000-square-foot building and machinery, and caused one employee to be life-flighted to a Salt Lake City hospital with burns, confirmed Dan Richards, the general manager at R-Y Timber. The apparent cause of the fire — which started around 6 a.m. — was an electrical spark and a “dust explosion,” said Richards. About 50 fire and police personnel were on location to battle the blaze with flames as high as “30 to 40 feet,” according to Danielle Babcox, public information officer for Park County Rural Fire District #1. The fire was contained around 9 a.m., said Babcox, and was “not progressing to other buildings, but there are a lot of hot spots.” …Richards said the lumber company’s planer building was “burned to the ground.” R-Y Timber employs about 70 people in Livingston. The sawmill makes 2-by-4 and 2-by-6-inch studs from timber grown in the Rocky Mountains.

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