Cause of Moxon Timbers Fire Released

Posted: August 29, 2013

The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — Fire officials have released the cause of Monday night’s fire at Moxon Timbers.

Overheated processing equipment started the blaze that completely destroyed the wholesale lumber and flooring company’s warehouse.

Lt. Mark Showers with the Frederick County Fire Marshal's Office said this morning that the fire was accidental in nature.

He did not have estimates for the cost of damage, but said the business’ insurance adjuster and appraiser has been contacted.

In the meantime, wood chips and saw dust in the open-sided metal building will continue to smolder until a third party clean-up crew comes in and removes the remains.

Calls for the fully involved blaze at Moxon Timbers started coming in just before 8:15 p.m. Monday, when flames were visible as high as 100 to 150 feet above the roof of the warehouse — which is behind the main administrative building at 121 Development Lane.

By 11:30 p.m., the bulk of the fire was out, but crews were continuing to hit hot spots well into Tuesday.

Two firefighters were taken to Winchester Medical Center for minor injuries but were later released.

According to Moxon Timbers' website, the company sources and supplies exotic and domestic lumber and flooring through operations in countries including the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and China.

The warehouse had a lot of finished product in it, Showers previously said, and also housed drying kilns used for lumber, flooring and Wine Oak processing.

For more information about the blaze and cause, read Friday’s Winchester Star.

 — Contact Melissa Boughton at mboughton@winchesterstar.com