By Pat Maurer
Only charred wood and debris remain of the Maeder Brothers Sawmill in Isabella County’s Nottawa Township.
A fire reported early Tuesday morning destroyed the 160,000 square foot building.
The long-time family-owned sawmill at 5016 West Weidman Road was gutted and declared a total loss by Nottawa-Sherman Township Fire Chief David Livermore. He said a cause for the fire had not been determined.
About 65 firefighters from Nottawa-Sherman, Clare County’s Surrey Township Fire Department, Isabella Northeast Fire Department, Deerfield Township Fire Department, Fremont Fire Department, Millbrook-Rolland Fire, the Mt. Pleasant, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Fire and Shepherd Fire Department and even Barryton Fire Department in Mecosta County.
Despite their efforts for several hours, and the use of the ladder truck from the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department, the building was destroyed.
A nearby office and other outbuildings were not damaged in the fire and there were no injuries.
In business for more than 55 years, Maeder Brothers, Inc. produces log homes, rough sawn lumber cut to order, kiln-dried lumber, crane mats, tongue and groove and wood fuel pellets.
The family also owns Maeder Brothers Cozy Log Homes and Maeder Brothers Quality Wood Pellets, both business located near the sawmill.
Other agencies assisting at the fire included Mobile Medical Response, the American Red Cross, Isabella County Victims Services Unit, Isabella County Emergency Management and Isabella County Central Dispatch.