Flames, smoke still visible more than 12 hours later at wood mill
EMMET COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- Smoke and flames are still visible Wednesday morning after a massive fire broke out Tuesday night at a wood mill in Emmet County.
The fire broke out around 6 p.m. Tuesday at Manthei Veneer.
Crews have been battling the blaze that completely engulfed the mill. Firefighters say they are not sure what started the fire at this time but some family members have speculated that it could have been from the boiler.
We've been told this mill has been family owned for nearly 75 years and about 50 years ago, there was another fire at the mill.
"I ran down and my sister was there with my dad sitting on a log and we watched it burn," said Ruth Manthei Wikey.
"And my dad said 'I the Lord gives and the Lord takes away," said Judy Manthei. "Blessed be the name of the Lord. He built this thing from scratch."
At least eight fire departments came to help fight this fire and some departments coming from as far as Charlevoix.
Crews had to use ladder trucks to get up above the flames.