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Families worry about economic impact of lumberyard fire

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HAZLEHURST, GA (WTOC) -

Family members who had loved ones working inside the Hazlehurst lumberyard when the fire started are speaking about the impact the fire will have on the community.

One woman, whose husband, father and uncles work at the lumberyard fears the financial impact may spread as fast as the fire did.

"He said ‘baby, everything's on fire,'" said Mandy Roblero, the wife of a Thompson millworker. "He said it's on fire."

That was the call Roblero received from her husband early Monday morning.
"He said, ‘It's coming down. It's spreading, it's on fire,'" she said. "And I said I'm coming."

Roblero rushed over to Thompson Hardwoods to find the lumberyard engulfed in flames, and she knew her husband was inside when it happened.

"All of a sudden, he heard a big boom, and when he heard that boom, he took off," she said. "And they went the other way."

Firefighters said the blaze started in a warehouse when workers were transporting treated wood from the kiln, which ignited, catching other timber on fire.

It shut down portions of Baxley Highway for most of the day, halting traffic and nearby houses.

"Fed-Ex can't come, UPS can't come, customers can't come pick up parts, venders can't come deliver parts," said R&D Auto employee Stephanie Crapps.

For the hundreds of employees at Thompson Hardwoods, they're also wondering when they'll get back to business.

"What do you do in that type of situation?" said Roblero. "You worry about the ones that are working there, and your loved one is ok. You're worried about can they provide now."

Other than a few firefighters who were treated for heat-related injuries, no one was hurt in the fire.

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