Burgaw business hoping to rise from the ashes after fire


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Submitted: Wed, 07/27/2011 - 8:41pm
Updated: Wed, 07/27/2011 - 11:52pm
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BURGAW, NC (WWAY) — Seventeen workers are trying to figure out what they’ll do next after a fire yesterday in Burgaw. The fire at Coastal Instruments and Electronics caused the roof to collapse.

Clean-up crews are trying to salvage anything that wasn’t destroyed in the.

“Right now our plan is to get out of the building what is salvageable that we can use to rebuild the facility and get started back up again,” president Bob Williams said.

The fire started around 2 p.m. Tuesday. Emergency crews worked for hours to put it out.

“The cause is under investigation, but the origin is back to a room where there was some gas,” Burgaw Fire Administrator Bill George said.

Williams believes the fire was caused by a hydrogen leak.

“We turned the hydrogen off, but by the time we got it off, the fire had gone into the attic of the building and basically burned the roof of the building off,” Williams said.

Everyone was able to get out of the building safely with only one person suffering a minor injury. Williams says there was about $250,000 in damages from water and the collapse of the roof. Most of the products inside, though, were in sealed boxes and were not damaged.

There is no word on what the company’s workers are going to do while the store is closed.

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3 Comments on "Burgaw business hoping to rise from the ashes after fire"


Uwe Mueller
2015 years 8 months ago

Bob Williams, a decorated veteran and self-made business owner will certainly rebuild. His first priority was the safety and well-being of his employees. He personifies the American spirit of accomplishing great things without a hand-out from the government. He has sacrificed much to satisfy customer needs and provide a satisfying job and lifestyle for his employees. God Bless, Bob and Family.

Sharon
2015 years 8 months ago

To all of the people I know and care about at Coastal Instruments, my heart goes out to you all. You are a wonderful group of people and I know you will rise from the ashes stronger than ever! I am think of you with great fondness and hope for a quick recovery for Coastal Instruments and everyone there!

Sharon Harmon

Jennifer
2015 years 8 months ago

I am so sorry you all are going through this. As a business owner in the same industry I can’t imagine going through this. Thank God nobody was seriously injured!
The Coastal Instuments I know will surely rise up bigger and better.
I wish you all the best,
Jennifer