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Cabinet center rebuilds after fire

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July 13, 2006

Albany -- An Albany cabinet company is working to rebuild two weeks after a fire destroyed the business. Owners built D&D Kitchen Center over the course of 30 years in Downtown Albany. It was demolished by 60-foot flames in a matter of hours.

The owners don't see it as a complete loss.

The flames that devoured D&D Cabinet Center blazed for hours and leveled the place. Leaving one man's dream, a pile a rubble.

"You've got 30 years into a business and it's emotionally it was very tough because you put so much into a small business like this," said Paul Dunn.

It was here on North Washington Street where Dunn and his family made cabinets for people, and made many friends along the way.

All that remains of D&D Kitchen Center is ruins after the fire that happened in late June, but the owners say they are ready to start again, bigger and better, just two doors down.

"When we took a look at it, it was a lot of work but we decided that we would use the initial space here to start production," said Matt Dunn.

The new building is more spacious and when cleared out for new equipment, it will help make cabinet production run more smoothly.

"This tool here it slides, it exerts about 200 pounds of pressure on the board and then you screw the boards together and that's the front of your cabinet," said Matt Dunn.

The new beginning is something the family is thankful for, despite the loss next door.

"Like my husband thank all of our contractors, our customers, our employees, for everybody pulling together and the support that they've given us," said Joan Dunn.

"It's heartwarming, and I want to thank everybody. There's no words to put how we feel," said Paul Dunn.

Paul Dunn watched a long-time dream crumble, but the dream won't be boarded up because of the fire.

Investigators couldn't determine the cause of the fire because the building was so deeply gutted, but they know it was not arson.

D&D Kitchen Center is partially up and running making cabinets at the new Washington Street location. The Dunns hope to fully recovered within six months.

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