Curtis Lumber warehouse fire caused by recalled light fixture

PITTSFIELD – Fire investigators believe a high-intensity discharge light fixture was the cause of a fire that destroyed a Curtis Lumber warehouse last week.

“Basically our highest probable cause was the HID discharge light in southeast portion of the structure,” said Otsego County Emergency Service Coordinator Lyle “Butch” Jones.

Jones said the HID fixture was an “older style” which was recalled by the manufacturer but one acceptable fix to its defect was to attach a modification around the light instead, which was the case at the storage building.

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