Comdust blamed for Woodworks furniture fire
September 14, 2016 | 11:23 am CDT

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. - Wood dust is being blamed for an explosion that rocked Woodworks, a custom furniture maker based in Abbotsford, British Columbia. No injuries were reported as a result of Monday's blaze which temporarily shut down the 50,000-square-foot manufacturing facility.

According to local news reports, the fire appears to have been contained in the hopper. The cause of the blaze is still under investigation by area fire departments as well as WorkSafe BC.


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Founded in 1952, Woodworks manufactures oak and maple solid wood furniture for the dining room, bedroom and home office.

Video of the comdust fire is courtesy of freelance videographer Kevin MacDonald/KAM Productions (YouTube).

Image credit: KAM Productions (video screen grab)



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Karen M. Koenig has more than 30 years of experience in the woodworking industry, including visits to wood products manufacturing facilities throughout North America, Europe and Asia. As editor of special publications under the Woodworking Network brand, including the Red Book Best Practices resource guide and website, Karen’s responsibilities include writing, editing and coordinating of editorial content. She is also a contributor to FDMC and other Woodworking Network online and print media owned by CCI Media. She can be reached at [email protected]