Editor's note: Woodworking Network posted a follow up to this story on Sunday, April 6. CCF Founder and President Ken Clifton told Woodworking Network that he plans to reopen his draw manufacturing business as soon as possible and that the company will send representation to this week's Cabinets & Closets Expo in Somerset, NJ. Read more.
APOLLO, PA - CCF Industries, a manufacturer of custom dovetail wood drawers for the kitchen cabinet and closet industries, experienced a devastating fire this morning.
According to multiple local news reports, the fire broke out at approximately 7 a.m. and quickly spread throughout the building. Many of the company's 30 employees who had already reported to work fled the burning building. No injuries were reported.
Dozens of firefighters battled the blaze and kept it from spreading to a nearby school and wooded area behind the plant, according to the Tribune-Review.
Fire officials said a small spark might have ignited the fire that the Tribune-Review reported caused millions of dollars in damage.
Washington Township Fire Capt. Bob Baustert told the Tribune-Review, “Preliminarily, it appears some type of product was being prepared to be sprayed. An employee turned on switches to a dust blower and a spark ignited.”
Baustert added that when the plant's fire suppression system was activated, it may have scattered some of the flames to other areas of the plant, including to where flammable coatings and wood stains were kept.
CCF, established in 1995 by Ken Clifton, president, was scheduled to exhibit at the 2014 Cabinets & Closets Expo next week in Somerset, NJ.
"Our hearts go out to our friends at CCF and their employees on this tragic day," said Laurel Didier, vice president and group publisher of Woodworking Network, organizer of the show. "At least we can take solace no one was hurt."
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