The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

April 24, 2013

Cambria Township business destroyed

Frank Sojak

EBENSBURG — A fire Wednesday evening destroyed a Cambria Township business that has been building log and timber frame homes for the past 20 years.

The fire at Laurel Mountain Structures, located just off Route 22 and just east of the Route 219 Interchange, was reported around 6:30 p.m.

“We started an exterior attack but there was too much fire for us to put out despite our efforts,” Dauntless fire Chief Jeff Evans said at the scene.

He said firefighters did the best that they could. There was adequate manpower and water available, he said.

The business’s insurance company will work to determine the cause of the fire, Evans said.

Wes Kestermont, the business owner, said firefighters did an excellent job.

“I have to hand it to them,” he said in an interview at the scene. “They were able to come in and get the fire under control right away.”

No one was inside the building, he said.

The building housed an office, various equipment and building materials.

Also responding were firefighters from Nanty Glo, Revloc, Colver, Cresson, Summerhill and Jackson Township.

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