Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Amish Rebuild After Fire

A fire last Saturday June 9, 2012 consumed a local Amish pallet manufacturing shop. The fire was huge and brought people from the surrounding area to help put it out. The buildings were a total loss. Initially I heard that it was not certain that they would rebuild.
Today I heard that the Amish had come together, cleaned out the rubble, graded the site, and began pouring concrete for the new foundation. I am not at all surprised by this, as the Amish are noted for coming together as a community to help rebuild when disaster strikes.

The pallet shop employs several workers and keeps the Amish saw mills busy with work. It is an important part of the Amish economy in Jamesport. As the reconstruction goes forward I hope to chronicle the event with additional photos.

June 15, 2012, 7:30AM
June 15, 2012, 9:00 AM

June 15, 2012 12:30 PM
UPDATE:  06/15/2012  7:30 AM ... I went out to the pallet shop this morning to see how things were going. The concrete had set and the walls were going up fast. I plan to go back this afternoon to see if the framing will be done today.

June 17, 2012 08:00 AM
UPDATE: By 9:00 AM the trusses were up on the south side. By 12:30 PM the trusses were all up and rafters were almost complete. Note in the photo that Amish on the ground are tossing 2x4's up to the framers who then nail them. The younger Amish boys climb up to the top and deliver nails to the framers.

UPDATE: June 16, 2012 .... After just one week after the explosion and fire, the pallet shop is up and has a roof. Most of the siding is on and many of the windows installed. The Amish will take a break on Sunday, but will probably complete the building on Monday or Tuesday.


  1. Gotta love the community spirit! From Sue in Jameson - Sue's Soft Stuff - handspun alpaca yarn and handknit crafts.