NEW INFORMATION: Greenwood Sawmill fire ruled accidental

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GREENWOOD, Wis. (WEAU) -- Firefighters have ruled a fire at Greenwood Sawmill accidental.

Sawmill owner Dan Wolf told our sister station WSAW that he was welding Thursday night inside the mill. He said one of the hot embers may have started the fire on Friday night which he noticed around 7:45 p.m.

Greenwood fire chief Tom Abel said it took around eight hours for crews to put out the fire on Cannery St.

He said windy conditions and the saw dust made it difficult to battle the blaze.

The city of Greenwood said a harsh winter led to a water pipe emergency in the city. The chief said about three quarters of the way through, it was notified by the city they would have to switch to another source.

Crews from Loyal were able to bring in tanker trucks to haul in water. They eventually had to switch to a city pond to get more water.

Wolf said he estimates damage to be near $1.5 million to $2 million. The welding building was not affected by the fire.

The family said they are grateful to the fire department for fighting the fire in such conditions.

The Wolfs said they plan to rebuild and continue the welding business during cleanup. They also said they would be grateful for cleanup help at the site.

Contact Dan Wolf: (715) 429-0355


One of the owners of Greenwood Sawmill say their sawmill is at a total loss after a fire Friday night.

Owner Jessica Wolf said it happened at 105 Cannery Street around 7:45 p.m. Friday.

Greenwood Mayor Jim Schecklman tells our sister station WSAW that six fire departments including Greenwood, Spencer, Thorp, Neillsville, Granton and Loyal helped fight the fire.

One person was in the building when the fire broke out but was able to get out. No one was injured.

Schecklman said Greenwood is among the cities dealing with water pipe issues this winter. Because of the city's low water level, much of the water needed to fight the fire had to be brought in by tanker trucks.

The fire was contained by around 11:30 p.m.

No word yet on what started the fire.

Wolf said she and her husband would like to thank the firefighters for fighting the blaze in windy conditions.

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