Fire destroys Smithfield cabinet shop

A two-alarm fire Thursday night destroyed a cabinet shop in Smithfield and evacuated neighboring residents.

Fire crews were called to Premier Cabinets at 700 North Main around 9:30 p.m. after a neighbor noticed flames shooting from the roof of the building.

The fire was fully engulfing the building when crews arrived.

It took firefighters about 90-minutes to knock down the blaze.

Smithfield Battalion Chief Robert Pitcher said it was a tough fire to fight because of the nature of the business.

“It’s a cabinet shop obviously,” explained Pitcher, “so they have a lot of flammable storage. They have lacquer thinners, paint, and stains, and then high piles of wood. So it was a big job.

“There was a lot of fire when we arrived and it made it difficult and obviously with the freezing temperatures as well, it made operations difficult.”

The cabinet shop was closed at the time, so there was no one inside the building.

Nearby townhouses were evacuated as a precaution. Other than cracked and broken windows, there appeared to be little structural damage.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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