SODDY DAISY, Tn. – Several crews were called to a fight a fire at Norcia Fine Cabinetry on August 19.
Soddy-Daisy Fire Chief Mike Guffey says the owner was the one who made the call, who asked for help after hearing something pop, before seeing his shop engulfed in flames. The owner, who lives in the building, was able to get out without injury.
Guffey says there was lots of heavy smoke when crews arrived to the scene. Nearly 50 firefighters from several departments assisted in fighting the fire. Ninety percent of the 12,000 sq. ft. building was damaged. Repairs will cost at least $500,000.
Workers from the Cabinet Shoppe, located across the street from Norcia, say the fire hit close to home, reports WRCBTV, a local media outlet.
"It's pretty scary because we work with the same chemicals they do and it doesn't take much for a fire like that to start," Frank Remenyi said, head finisher at The Cabinet Shoppe.
Rememyi said that wood, saw dust, paint and stain rags can be dangerous.
"If the staining rags are not disposed of in water [and] in a bucket properly; if they're just left out to dry they can start a fire on their own," Remenyi explained.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.