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Granville furniture factory damaged in fire

2010-08-08T19:21:00Z 2010-08-09T09:19:18Z Granville furniture factory damaged in fireBy DAVID TAUBE dtaube@poststar.com Glens Falls Post-Star
August 08, 2010 7:21 pm  • 

GRANVILLE -- A fire in a furniture factory damaged part of the facility Sunday evening, while thick smoke lasted for around three hours.

Crews responded to a call about smoke coming from the Manchester Wood Inc. factory on County Road 24 around 5 p.m.

The smoke was first spotted exiting the building from an exterior ceiling vent in the back.

Middle Granville Fire Chief Milton Dunbar said the cause of the fire was not known, but it appeared to have started in a corner of a paint room.

Fire trucks surrounded the 66,000-square-foot plant on both sides and contained the blaze in about 45 minutes, but crews remained at the scene until 8:15 p.m.

"It’s a big building," Dunbar said. "Our biggest time spent was ventilating the building, getting the smoke out."

Due to the heat conditions, firefighters were cycled in and out.

One firefighter, whose name was not released, was escorted by Granville Rescue Squad, Inc. to a hospital for heat exhaustion, Dunbar said.

Dunbar estimated loss to the building was minimal to none, and said the building could likely open Monday. Senior company staff were on-scene Sunday, he said.

The fire was presumed to be accidental but is still under investigation by Washington County’s fire investigator and fire coordinator.

Manchester Wood makes solid wood furniture and accessories that are sold in retail stores, by mail order, and online. The plant houses an office, outlet store and manufacturing space, according to the company’s website.

Eight stations — including Middle Granville, North Granville, Granville, Hartford and Hampton fire departments in New York, and Wells, Poultney and West Pawlet in Vermont — responded. Whitehall was on standby.

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  1. Counselor Troi
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    Counselor Troi - August 09, 2010 10:09 am
    Glad it was not too severe... But this company has had fires before. Are there no sprinklers in this building? With multiple fires, I would hate to pay their insurance premiums.
  2. sasquatch
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    sasquatch - August 08, 2010 9:47 pm
    Sad fire, amidst all this wooden furniture.

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