ST. MARYS – A fire caused approximately $350,000 worth of damage after igniting at 8:47 p.m. Friday at Camco Diversified in St. Marys, reported the state police at Ridgway.
The Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal and the Crystal Fire Department investigated the origin and cause of the fire. The fire damaged the 23,000 square foot industrial property located at 431 Curry Ave.
The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental in nature. Ashes from a wood burning stove were improperly stored in a cardboard drum within the building, and the heat from the ashes caused the drum to ignite, state police said.
Additionally, the fire spread to a nearby partition wall. This caused a partial roof and exterior wall to collapse and resulted in approximately $350,000 worth of damage, state police said.
Camco Diversified was closed at the time of the fire.