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Local business destroyed in fire

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A fire early Sunday morning left a local business in ruins and investigators trying to figure out how it happened. Dry Pro co-owner Corey Heim said, "There's absolutely nothing left. It's completely 100 percent destroyed." The business was located off of Netherlands Drive in Ogden. Corey Heim woke up Monday morning and says he received a devastating phone call. His business was burning. "All of our inventory, all of our product, our computer servers, computers, shipping department, accounting... Everything is completely gone," Heim said. Several fire crews, including Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach and Odgen firefighters put out the flames after just 30 minutes. But fire officials say it was no easy task. Ogden Assistant Fire Chief Mike Garner said, "Hot enough to bend steal. Probably in the neighborhood of 1,000 to 1,400 degrees at the top of the building." Firefighters say it was especially hard to put out this fire because of what was burning. The building manufactured medical supplies; so much of its stock was made of latex -- a highly flammable material that made it difficult for crews to extinguish hot spots. "Especially when you have stuff laying on top of each other and in different layers," Garner said. Investigators say they still don't know what sparked the fire, but will continue to look into it. Until then owners say they'll try to be optimistic, but the damage was extensive and not much could be salvaged. "Having your building burn down is just... It's heartbreaking and it's just kind of an empty feeling. It's not just coming to work every day. This is a huge part of our lives. It's just devastating," Heim said. Firefighters say they got the blaze under control pretty quickly, but it took them hours to put out several spot fires. The cause is still under investigation.

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