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Fire destroys Ohio carpet business

Feb. 05, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

BURLINGTON, Ohio -- An early-morning fire destroyed the Spaulding Carpet business along County Road 1, according to fire officials.

The fire was reported at 1:15 a.m. Tuesday, and five local fire departments responded to the blaze, according to a Lawrence County 911 dispatcher.

Flames were showing when firefighters arrived, according to Capt. Ryan Vaughn of the Fayette Volunteer Fire Department.

"We were there all night," Vaughn said. "No one was hurt. A tractor-trailer adjacent to the building was damaged, and a house trailer on the other side of the building sustained heavy damage."

The cause of the fire remained undetermined, Vaughn said. The state fire marshal's office has been called in to investigate, he said.

Firefighters also had to deal with several explosions inside the building, Vaughn said. "That was a little scary," he said. There was a van and a forklift inside the building, he said.

"The building has been added onto over the years," he said.

Bill Spaulding, owner of the business, could not be reached for comment.

Mike Finley, a Burlington area resident, built an expansion onto the back of the building several years ago.

"I hate this happened," Finley said. "It was a nice building. The problem is that everything in the building was flammable. They're a good family."

Firefighters from Fayette Township, South Point, Chesapeake, Proctorville and Spring Valley responded to the fire. Firefighters didn't clear the scene until after 5 a.m.

The blaze prompted officials to close County Road 1 while firefighters were working. The road was reopened in time for the morning commute.



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