2-alarm blaze destroys cabinet company

January 21, 1991|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Evening Sun Staff

A two-alarm fire last night destroyed most of the Moran Cabinet Co. in north Baltimore and caused an estimated $850,000 in damage to the building and lost inventory, a fire official said.

The fire at the firm, in the 3500 block of Clipper Mill Road near Hampden, was reported at 10:13 p.m. and a second-alarm was sounded at 10:17 p.m., said Capt. Ronald Baker of the Fire Investigation Bureau. He said the fire was declared under control at 10:42 p.m.

No injuries were reported among the firefighters, who manned more than a dozen pieces of equipment, Baker said.

Baker said the fire appeared to be accidental, adding that he would return to the scene today to get a better look at the damage.

"There was too much damage inside the building last night to make a final determination" about the nature of the fire, he said.

Baker said there were no signs of forced entry and that the owner, James Moran, was in the building Saturday night and reported that nothing was amiss when he locked the doors and left.

Baker said the fire caused an estimated $350,000 damage to the one-story stone building, which was partitioned into shops involved in the step-by-step making of custom-made cabinets. He estimated lost inventory at $500,000.

Baker said the fire destroyed several fork-lift vehicles, work benches, a large quantity of hand and power tools and a large assortment of cabinets in various stages of production.

He said the fire was aided by glues, resins and other types of fastening materials.

"There was plenty of material in there to burn," Baker said.

Baker said that when the first of more than a dozen pieces of fire apparatus arrived, the building was burning and the roof had caved in.

Baker said the firm, which has operated for several years, employed several people, most of them highly skilled in cabinet-making.

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