BRADFORD, VT – A sawdust fire broke out yesterday at Copeland Furniture, a manufacturer of residential furniture based in Bradford, VT. There was damage to the building, but no one was injured.
The fire broke out in the sawdust silo at the 75,000-square-foot plant on Wednesday night, May 1. According to WCAX.com, 10 fire departments from Vermont and New Hampshire responded to the blaze. The cause of the blaze has not yet been determined.
This is the second sawdust fire at a furniture plant in the region in the past few days. On April 30, fire broke out in silos at the Ethan Allen casegoods facility in Orleans, resulting in a temporary shutdown.
Founded in 1976, Copeland Furniture produces bedrooms, dining rooms, home office, entertainment centers and products for its Frank Lloyd Wright collection. The company also produces products for retailers including Crate and Barrel, according to WCAX.
A sustainable manufacturer, Copeland Furniture is a past recipient of the Sage Award and has been awarded Silver Exemplary Membership status by the Sustainable Furnishings Council. The company recently exhibited at the Spring High Point Market.
This is the second time in the company's history that it has been impacted by fire. In 1984 faulty wiring caused a fire which burned down the entire factory.
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