Macon County Chronicle

$1,000,000 Fire at Reed Bray Lumber Co.

A call came in at 7:04 p.m. on Monday night, January 9th that the Reed Bray Lumber Company, in Red Boiling Springs, was on fire.

The company is located at 411 Carthage Road.

Quickly responding, the Red Boiling Springs firefighters had a difficult time due to the size of the fire, but with neighboring departments offering assistance, including Willette Volunteer Fire Department and Mt. Vernon Fire Department, along with a tanker from the Lafayette Fire Department, the fire was brought under control and extinguished, after over four hours of hard work. And according to Chief Randy Hagan, him and thirteen squad members finally left the scene at 11:23 p.m.

Chief Hagan said when they arrived the 10,000 square foot sawmill was fully engulfed and several trucks had to be removed from the area, while one trailer was already in flames and completely destroyed, with $1,000,000 lost in the fire.

The chief stated that although no official cause of the blaze has been determined, it is suspected to be electrical in origin.

Reed Bray Lumber Company has been in business for many years, and it employed 20 people.

Mr. Bray would like to extend his heartfelt thanks to the firefighters from the Red Boiling Springs, Willette, Lafayette and Mr. Vernon Fire Departments, Red Boiling Springs Police, Macon County Sheriffs Department, Macon County EMS and anyone else who assisted at the fire. “I would like to thank everyone for all the phone calls and words of encouragement after this devastating loss,” said Mr. Bray. “And I would also like to thank the different sawmills throughout Tennessee and Kentucky, who have called offering assistance to get the mill back up and running. Once again, thanks to everyone!”