Fire Destroys New Jersey Lumberyard
A 71-year-old New Jersey lumberyard was destroyed by fire over the weekend.
Colucci Lumber Yard in Malaga, N.J. had been a family business for generations until a Sunday afternoon fire brought the business to the ground.
It took 200 firefighters from 30 companies to battle the blaze, NBC 10 reports. Heat, low water pressure and wind quickly brought the blaze to a three-alarm status, Malaga Fire Chief Anthony Baldosaro told NBC 10.
The fire was reported Sunday afternoon. ABC6 shared viewer-captured video of the fire. Due to extreme heat, at least two firefighters were taken to a nearby hospital due to heat exhaustion. Other firefighters were treated on the scene for heat-related issues.
“I already did my crying in my car. I’m still going to need to process it. But it’ll get better. Hopefully,” said Branden Colucci, co-owner’s son.
Colucci told ABC6 that the business was started by his grandfather and is now owned by his father and uncles.
ABC6 reported that the store actually burned in 1968 and was rebuilt, but it is unclear at this point whether the Colucci family intends to rebuild.