UPDATE: Norcia Fine Cabinetry in Soddy Daisy catches fire with owner inside
Crews respond to a business fire in Soddy Daisy Friday morning with the owner inside the building.
Several crews were called to a fire in Soddy Daisy Friday morning.
The fire, at Norcia Fine Cabinetry on Gulf View Road started some time late Thursday/early Friday morning. According to dispatch, the first call about the fire came at 1:00 a.m. Friday morning.
Soddy-Daisy Fire Chief, Mike Guffey says the owner was the one who made the call, asking for help after hearing something pop, and then seeing a wall on fire. He says the owner lives in the building and was inside when the fire started; he was able to get out safely and no injuries were reported.
Guffey says there was lots of heavy smoke when crews got on the scene. He says about 50 officials from several different fire departments assisted, including Red Bank Fire Department and Chattanooga Hamilton County Rescue Service. The metal making up the 12,000 sq. ft. building made it difficult to contain the fire. Though, it was put out in a short amount of time.
When we arrived on the scene, fire crews were inspecting building, which is about 90 percent damaged. We're told repairs will cost at least $500,000.
It's a fire that workers at The Cabinet Shoppe, across Gulf View Road, say hit close to home.
"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.
He says wood, saw dust, paint and even 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.
It's why the company says they try to keep the shop as clean as possible; making sure everything including chemicals is stored properly, and away from anything electrical.
But even with all the precautions, anything can happen, which is why the company is wanting to help its neighbor and friend.
"If there's anything we can help them with at the Cabinet Shoppe, storing whatever tools any machines that they may have," Remenyi said. "If they need help with any finishing I'd be more than happy to help them with whatever I can to help them get back on their feet."
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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