Fire destroys a custom cabinet shop

Published: Jun. 18, 2014 at 9:57 PM CDT
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APACHE, Okla._A fire just across the Comanche County line near Apache destroyed a family's business.

'The Cabinet Shop' caught fire a little after noon Thursday and someone passing by noticed the flames and called 911. The Apache Fire Department was first on scene, followed by several other departments who helped put out the blaze, but the damage had already been done.

When the Apache Fire Department arrived, the building was fully engulfed in flames. They were able to save most of building, but for the owners it was almost a total loss.

Brian Lunsford and his family built the custom cabinet and furniture shop almost ten years ago. For them it wasn't just a business, it was their passion.

"I've done a lot of things, my dad has done a lot of things in life, but we can woodwork in our sleep and we're good at it. And we'll rebuild and everybody locally knows that," said Lunsford. "This is a lifelong deal for us. I mean we've worked a lot of years on this. I'm sure we'll build back. It won't take long, we'll be back at it real soon."

Comanche County Emergency Management Director, Clint Wagstaff says the teamwork of all the fire departments kept this fire from spreading.

"Neighbor helping neighbor, Comanche and Caddo County fire departments work very closely together on a lot of fires. We help each other back and forth, that's what neighbor's do," said Wagstaff.

As a former volunteer Apache firefighter, Lunsford knows what it takes to put out a fire like the one they experienced and is grateful for all their hard work.

"I'm thankful for each one of them. Luckily no one was hurt today. They're all drinking water and cooling off now and everybody goes home safe, that's the main thing," said Lunsford.

He went on to say that this fire is just a setback and it won't be ending their business, "We're here, we'll build back, that's the main thing. It's definitely a hit on our business, but with everybody's support and everything we'll be fine."

Lunsford says they lost all of their woodworking equipment and close to 20,000 feet of lumber. Luckily, firefighters were able to save a hard drive that had a lot of information on it.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.