STOCKTON, Calif. - A six-alarm fire destroyed a Masonite door facility and an adjacent business in California April 24, causing millions of dollars in damage and an electrical outage that forced nearby schools and businesses to shut down.
Officials say the fire began in a separate business next door before it spread to the Masonite cut-stock facility. It's unclear how exactly the fire started. No injuries have been reported.
Masonite said its facility was severely impacted. After assessing the damage and communicating with employees, the company said it's choosing not to rebuild the plant. Masonite will assist the 160 affected employees in finding new jobs.
Masonite said customers won't be impacted. The company produces wood stiles and rails and two of its other cut-stock facilities. It plans on ramping up production there.
Masonite, number 10 on 2018's FDMC 300, is a leading global designer and manufacturer of interior and exterior doors. The company runs 12 manufacturing plants in the United States and saw annual sales of more than $1.42 billion in 2017.
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