Tribune-Courier General Manager
Firefighters from three departments battled a blaze at T&C Lumber in blistering-cold temperatures Sunday night.
The fire destroyed the structure owned by Frankie Treas used to house building materials for Treas Portable Buildings along Main Street.
Benton Fire Chief Harry Green said 25-30 firefighters from Palma, Hardin-South Marshall and Benton departments were on the scene until around 12:30 a.m. Monday extinguishing the blaze.
Temperatures at or below zero and strong winds out of the north not only made for dangerously cold conditions, but also threatened several other structures of a half-dozen or so buildings on the property, including warehouses and storage buildings and the store’s primary retail center.
Firefighters were able to contain the damage on the property to the Treas Portable Building structure.
U.S. Highway 641 had to be closed for several hours while firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze.
Hoses had to be dragged across the roadway from a hydrant near Pizza Hut.
Green said no firefighters had to be treated for hypothermia despite the frigid conditions.