SALEM, Ore. - A three-alarm blaze destroyed a building that housed a reclaimed wood business and a tiny home manufacturer.
Barnwood Naturals owner Bruce Wadleigh told the Statesman Journal that he was inside the 28,400-square-foot building when one of his employees yelled about a fire at the other side of the shop.
"We ran outside and the wind was blowing right at us, the grass was on fire and it went up the outside of the building," Wadleigh said. "The flames then got inside, it was so fast. We went through about three fire extinguishers, but it was hopeless instantly."
The Journal reports that fire crews began fighting the fire just after 3pm Monday afternoon, extinguishing it by 4:30. Streets around the fire were closed.
Wadleigh's son Jake created a GoFundMe page to help raise funds for the company, who most likely will have to relocate. Around $750 has been raised from a $20,000 goal.
The cause of the fire hasn't been officially determined. However, the GoFundMe page says "It was caused by a homeless fire behind the building and quickly spread."
Barnwood Naturals transforms spaces with reused, reclaimed and recycled materials through inspired design, it says on its website. "Create something new by utilizing something old. The more challenging the project, the more excited we get."
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