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.