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Furniture maker expects to recover from fire

May 10, 2004

Moultrie- A furniture manufacturer is expected to resume full production Tuesday after fire spread across the ceiling of one of their assembly buildings. Quick response by firefighters saved the building and its contents.

The outside corner of the old gym building shows the most fire damage. The steel building is owned by the City of Moultrie and rented by Autrey Furniture Manufacturing. But inside, flames burned the ceiling from one end of the building to the other in a matter of seconds.

Autrey Furniture Manufacturing President John Edwards said "I just knew it was a total loss."

A city work crew was cutting beams on the outside of the steel building at Spence Field around 8:15AM Monday morning when sparks ignited sawdust on the roof inside.

Furniture is assembled in the building, which was stocked wall to wall with wood pieces and foam padding used to make sofas and chairs, as fire raced above it. Most of the wood was unaffected by the fire.

Some of the foam padding was damaged by smoke, but fast response by the Moultrie Fire Department kept this fire from becoming a disaster for Autrey Furniture.

The Moultrie furniture manufacturing company employs 40 people. After cleanup, their assembly line is expected to resume production Tuesday.

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