Small explosions rock Frankfort sawmill

Crews were on the scene late Monday after a series of explosions at Coomer & Sons Sawmill in Frankfort.
Crews were on the scene late Monday after a series of explosions at Coomer & Sons Sawmill in Frankfort.

FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI) – Authorities said there was a series of small explosions at Coomer & Sons Sawmill in Frankfort Monday night.

Frankfort Fire Chief John Kirby said the business caught fire around 10:30 p.m. Several residents told News 18 they heard the explosions from their home. William Kressley was at a nearby gas station when he heard the explosions.

“It rattled the ground. We were standing by the front door of the Family Express and it rattled. We could feel it in the ground,” said Kressley.

As of late Monday night, Rossville Avenue had been shut down and residents within 100 yards of Coomer & Sons had been evacuated.

Kirby said firefighters had the fire under control within 45 minutes of arriving on scene. He said fighting a similar fire at Brittain and Sons Recycling Incorporated just two months ago helped.

“To be honest with you, I’ve seen stuff that we learned from that fire that we could have done better, implemented in this fire. So, I’m pretty proud of these guys,” said Kirby.

No injuries have been reported at this time.

Kirby said the cause of the fire is unknown at this time. He said investigators will be on scene Tuesday.

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