Sunday: Cause Unknown In Adams Lumber Company Fire

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Investigators weren't sure Sunday what touched off a fire that extensively damaged Berry Brothers Lumber on Route 11, south of Adams.

It was the second major fire at the business in five years, and the fourth in its long history.

"This is not as large a fire as the last one, but it's still pretty traumatic," said Lee Berry, who owns the business with his bother Gary.

The fire appeared to start in the area around the loading docks, where large trailers are kept that store some of the mulched wood the business sells for animal bedding.

The fire call came in shortly after 5 a.m. Firefighters quickly realized they had a major problem on their hands.

"Shortly after that call went out they called for more tankers and we ended up with all the fire departments in the southern end of Jefferson County on the scene," said Fred Lampoman from Jefferson County's Fire & Emergency Management office.

Lee Berry was assessing the damage Sunday, tryying to figure out how to keep the business running.

"One of the things that we're concerned about is trying to keep our customer base supplied, and right now we're trying to figure out ways to do that," he said.

Additional information:

- Click on the picture to watch 7 News reporter Rachel Spotts' report on Sunday's fire, and to see video from the 2008 fire at Berry Brothers.

- After the 2008 fire, the brothers changed their business to emphasize animal bedding. We reported on the company's change in 2009; read, watch the story here.

- NewzJunky.com has audio of the fire call, and pictures of the fire as it burned Sunday morning.

Thursday, October 23, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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