Libby fire shocks community, hits local economy

By Nicole Miller
November 7, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

LIBBY – A town in shock today as one of it’s largest businesses burned to the ground Sunday. One of the few remaining lumber mills in the state is no more, and investigators don’t know why. It was Sunday afternoon and flames could be seen shooting from the SK Fingerjoint Mill in Libby. “Heavy fire coming through the roof upon arrival of the scene. Life safety was the first priority. I think you had eight to 10 personnel there with an engine and a water tender,” Libby Assistant Fire Chief Steve Lauer said. …The 18 employees — including the owner of the business Dan Kneeler — have been displaced, but Libby Mayor Brent Teske says the community is standing behind them. “It was a good viable economic industry and our last foothold into the timber industry,” Mayor Teske said. …There’s still no word on what sparked the blaze.

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