Crews battle fire at woodworking business in Miami County

Fire at Stull Woodworking in Miami County.
Fire at Stull Woodworking in Miami County.

MIAMI COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) — It took several crews from several communities nearly three hours to contain a fire at a woodworking business in Miami County.

Crews responded to a call around 11:20 p.m. on Wednesday at Stull Woodworks in the 7900 block of Fenner Road.

When firefighters arrived, they found a fire moving from outside the building to inside the woodworking facility.

Firefighters say the fire accelerated quickly when it moved inside the building, due to the stains and glues used by the business.

Crews initially battled the flames inside the facility, but pulled back when the second floor of the building collapsed into the manufacturing area on the first floor. At that point, firefighters pulled back and fought the fire defensively from outside the building.

Firefighters say this was a difficult fire to contain, because they had to tank in water due to the location of the business. It was also difficult to get the proper equipment in place to fight the fire.

The fire was well on it’s way before crews arrived. After three hours, the main fire was contained, with crews remaining at the scene to put out hot spots.

Firefighters say the business did not have a fire alarm system, and one wasn’t required due to the size of the business.

“The type of business that it was, it was a smaller business, a mom and pop business that grew into more of a commercial business, so they did not have a fire alarm system in the facility,” Adam Marchal with the Pleasant Hill Fire Department said. “We always recommend it, but sometimes you don’t always get what you want.”

There’s no estimate yet on financial damage caused by the fire. The property is for sale, and the business was in the process of relocating to a larger facility.

No one was injured.

Several agencies worked together to put out the fire, and Marchal says that cooperation was critical to containing the fire as quickly as they did.

“We rely heavily on the mutual aid that we’ve got,” Marchal said. “As soon as we got the call, we requested for more mutual aid, knowing what the the facility is, knowing that it’s a woodworking facility and we were already going to be behind the eight ball with what the type of business is.”

Crews from Ludlow Falls, Laura, West Milton, Pittsburgh, Troy, Tipp City, Covington and Bradford assisted Pleasant Hill.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. The state Fire Marshal’s office is being called in to assist with the investigation.

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