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Mill fire ruled accidental

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GREENWOOD, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)  A weekend fire that destroyed a sawmill in central Wisconsin is being called an accident. Greenwood Sawmill owner Dan Wolf said he was welding inside the main building on Thursday night -- and a hot ember from that location may have started the fire the next night.

The sawmill was engulfed in heavy smoke when Greenwood fire-fighters arrived. Officials said they had trouble getting enough water to put out the blaze, and they spent eight hours extinguishing the fire. Crews returned Saturday to deal with hot spots. Nobody was injured.

Damage was estimated at between $1.5 and $2-million.

A separate welding structure about 30-feet away was not affected. Wolf tells W-S-A-W T-V in Wausau that his family plans to rebuild the sawmill -- and they'll keep the welding business open in the meantime.

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