A state police fire marshal is searching for the cause of a fire that heavily damaged Moxham Lumber Co. on Wednesday.
The fire broke out at the lumber businesss on Park Avenue at 12:23 a.m., assistant fire chief Art Martynuska said.
No one was inside the business, which was closed at the time.
“The storage building with lumber products was pretty well involved when we got there,” Martynuska said.
Firefighters from the Ash Street station were first on scene before a second alarm was called.
Firefighters contained the blaze to one building, Martynuska said.
“They had a good attack preventing the fire from spreading to two attached building - one on each side,” he said.
A damage estimate was not available. The cause is undetermined at this point, he said.
It was not clear where in the building the fire began. The blaze follows two minor fires in Hornerstown on Saturday.
Recently, graffiti was sprayed on city structures threatening fires in the city. Martynuska said that has firefighters wondering if the lumber company fire was intensionally set.
“I don’t think we can rule out any possibility,” Martynuska said. “The threat of fire is bad enough. But there are people who intentionally set them and that makes it worse.”
Police Chief Craig Foust said the Moxham blaze being investigated as a suspicious fire.
“We’re looking into the possibility that all the fires may be connected,” he said.