On Monday morning firefighters from surrounding counties were called to aid Hazlehurst and Jeff Davis firefighters with a fire at Thompson Hardwoods. Baxley and Appling County fire personnel answered the call and headed to the lumber mill located on U.S. Highway 341, just outside the city of Hazlehurst.
According to The Jeff Davis Ledger, it is believed the fire started in a warehouse and, fueled by gusty winds, spread to other warehouses and the company’s office building. Firefighters battled the blaze throughout the day, but could do little more than prevent its spread to other areas of the mill. Thompson Hardwoods is one of the largest hardwood mills in the United States and a large employer in the area. There are a number of citizens from Appling County that are employed at the mill.