Moorhead firefighters at the scene of fire at Mill Creek Custom Cabinets in industrial parkMOORHEAD - Moorhead firefighters are at the scene of a fire at Mill Creek Custom Cabinets in the city's industrial park.
By: Mike Nowatzki, INFORUM, Forum News Service
MOORHEAD - Moorhead firefighters are at the scene of a fire at Mill Creek Custom Cabinets in the city's industrial park.
Assistant Fire Chief Greg Doeden said just before 8 a.m. that the fire, which was reported about 6 a.m., was knocked down in the interior of the building, but firefighters were still working on hot spots in the attic and walls. He said they were pulling off steel siding on the building's east side to get at the hot spots.
The owner of the business, Myron Martinson, said he received a call at about 6 a.m. from a neighboring business owner who said smoke was coming out of the building's roof. He said the fire appears to have started in the area of a sawdust collector on the north end of the building, but he and fire officials aren't certain of the cause.
Doeden said the fire was confined to the warehouse area of the building, while there is smoke damage to the office area on the south end.
Martinson said the area damaged by fire contained about $1 million worth of equipment and a lot of inventory of cabinetry.
"We've lost a lot. A lot. We were booked through September," Martinson said.
He said the business owned by him and his wife, Kathy, employs 14 people who are now temporarily out of work.
Martinson said no one was in the roughly 8,000-square-foot building when the fire started.
The Martinsons have been in business at the industrial park for about 14 years at 2828 24th Ave. S., just northwest of Menards.