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The Goldendale Sentinel, Goldendale, WA., September 8, 1927, page 1


     Fire at the J. Neils Lumber Co. saw mill at Klickitat at last Friday morning, about one o'clock, destroyed their large modern mill, which was located some distance away from their planer and lumber piles. The fire started in the fuel boxes, presumably from a "blow-back" into the boiler room. The fire fighting crew were unable to make any progress against the blaze, although the blaze was confined to the mill. The company have plenty of water for fire purpose.
     The fire loss has been estimated at $150,000, and insurance is carried that will cover the loss. It is the intention of the company to rebuild at once, and a statement has been made that the new mill will be ready by the time they were out of lumber in the yard.
     J. Neils came up from Portland Friday morning on the train. It is possible the location of the new mill will be changed somewhat from the one just burned. The old capacity of 100,000 feet a day is to be increased, and a modern mill constructed.
     The J. Neils Lumber Co., operating at Libby, Montana, purchased the property at Klickitat from the Western Pine Lumber Co., in 1919. Since that time the property has been improved, logging roads extended, and a considerable greater acreage of timber bought for future cut. The planer, dry kiln and other company holdings were not damaged by fire.

©  Jeffrey L. Elmer