Hot spots slowing probe of Lemoyne fire

LEMOYNE, Pa. (WHTM) – The investigation into a massive blaze at a Cumberland County lumber yard could take several days, and investigators say it’s possible they may never know the cause.

A fire unit supervisor for Pennsylvania State Police, which is leading the investigation into Monday night’s blaze at Lafferty and Co. Inc. in Lemoyne, told ABC27 News the evidence on scene may be too damaged to provide answers.

Investigators are looking for possible electrical issues and signs of spontaneous combustion. They said most of the information will come from interviews with the owners, employees, and first responders.

The investigation has been delayed by hot spots that have rekindled several small fires in the debris. Firefighters said that debris can’t be removed from the site until investigators have sorted through it.

“It gets frustrating, it really does,” said Jim Sprecker, assistant fire chief of the West Shore Bureau. “We just have to wait for their insurance company to clear it so they can start cleaning up. The ashes are so deep, we can’t dig down deep enough to get to the root where it’s still smoldering.”

Sprecker said more fires could ignite before the debris is cleared. He said the volunteer department is tired of getting called back.

“Most of them have jobs and families and things like that, and it’s tough,” he said. “The guys need to get their sleep and they were pretty worn out after yesterday.”

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