Alberta cabinet maker vows to rebuild after massive fire

Heibert Cabinet & Woodwork was destroyed by a fire on June 6.

Photo By Bow Island Emergency Services

BOW ISLAND, Alberta — A massive fire destroyed a major cabinet company in Alberta on June 6, but the owner of the company vowed to rebuild and continue to fulfill orders. No injuries were reported, but the building was considered a loss.

At approximately 10:33 p.m., the Bow Island Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at Heibert Cabinet & Woodwork in Bow Island, Alberta. The BIFD responded with Engine 1, Engine 2, Rescue 1, and Rescue 3 and all 22 members of the department. The firefights forced a door and initiated an interior attack, but shortly after the fire breeched the roof and began rapidly growing. "Our crews were forced to retreat to a defensive attack, where they protected exposures and worked (to) limit fire spread," a department spokesperson said. "At 5:30 p.m., all units were back in service."

The remains of Hiebert Cabinet & Woodwork

The company's Facebook page said that in reviewing its security cameras "we can confirm there was no foul play, no chemicals, and is still under investigation."

Woodworking Network reached out to the company for a comment. The company's voicemail said that "reconstruction planning is already underway." John Hiebert, of Hiebert Cabinetry & Woodwork, told the local newspaper, Medicine Hat News, that he is "vowing to be back fulfilling orders and taking new ones soon, even as the rebuilding process begins."




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