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Fire burns at Murray lumberyard


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A three-alarm fire burned a lumberyard in Murray tonight and forced neighbors to evacuate. At one point, 40-foot flames were shooting out of the roof at the CECO concrete and construction company.

The fire has been burning for more than two hours, but because the building was vacant when the fire began, firefighters are taking a defensive attack. That means attacking the fire from the outside, not risking the safety of any firefighters by going inside.

Firefighters are pouring 1,000 gallons of water a minute on the flames. The fire has been contained to one area.

Though no one was hurt, one family living nearby was forced out of their home.

Neighbor Cynthia Packer said, "Well, we took off for a while, and when we got back, the building was engulfed in flames. They immediately kicked in our neighbor's door, evacuated us, told us we had to leave. We got our dog out, but my cat is still in the place."

It may be a while before Packer and her family can get back in their home. Firefighters expect to be on scene at least a few more hours, if not through the night.

E-mail: lprichard@ksl.com

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Lori Prichard

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