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Graf Brothers fire continues to smoulder

Barb VanSickle-Roush
Scioto County Candor

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The call went out at 9:54 p.m. on Sat. Dec. 30 for Chief Kenny Taylor and his crew at the South Shore (Ky.) Volunteer Fire Department to respond to a warehouse fire at Graf Brothers Flooring’s plant on Johnson Lane in South Shore, Ky. 
Taylor stated is not known what started the blaze; however, he confirmed the incident will be investigated per Kentucky law. 

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The Chief explained that it was clear early on they were going to need some help. As the night wore on, there were a total of nine different fire departments offering mutual aid at the scene. Together these departments assisted in containing the fire to just the 75,000 square feet shipping and lumber warehouse, saving the main building and the other two warehouses at the South Shore plant. 

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With temperatures in the single digits, approximately 60 fire fighters distributed 90,000 gallons of water, staying on scene until 5 a.m. in order to combat the blaze. But even with this tremendous effort, the fire, while contained, will likely take a week to fully extinguish, according to Taylor. 

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“I’d have to say we are very lucky,” Taylor said. “The conditions were very slick, and bitterly cold. We are lucky no one was injured, and that we were able to control the fire.”
While the Owner Greg Graf was not available for comment, the Graf family posted on their Facebook page that they do plan to rebuild. The comment went on to say, “Graf Brothers Flooring and Lumber will remain steadfast to our goals and will continue to do business as usual. We will rebuild and continue to be the World’s Largest Manufacturer of Rift & Quartered products!”

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Graf Brothers operates on a 70-acre site in South Shore that was first acquired in 2003. All facilities on site, including five-acre log yard and several warehouses, were built in the past 14 years.

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