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Fire Rips through Barboursville Woodshop

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An Albemarle County woodworking business is facing $80,000 in damages after a fire ripped through the shop around 11:45 Monday morning.

A man working at the shop, W. A. Marks Fine Woodwork in Barboursville, says he smelled smoke and headed for the back door.

When he opened it he found the shop's dump trailer engulfed in flames.

The fire spread to the overhang, the connected woodshop and the trees overhead while he and the owner waited for fire crews to arrive.

The fire did not spread to the house just feet away, where the owner lives.

By the time fire crews arrived 15 minutes later, much of the shop's equipment and all the materials for their next job had been destroyed.

Albemarle County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Chris Brooks said crews arrived to find heavy fire coming from the building.

Crews from Seminole Trail Volunteer Fire Department, Earlysville Volunteer Fire Department, East Rivanna Volunteer Fire Co., Stony Point Volunteer Fire Co., Monticello Fire and Rescue, Hollymead Fire and Rescue, Albemarle County Fire and Rescue, Albemarle County Fire Marshals and Barboursville Volunteer Fire Co. were able to douse the flames within about 30 minutes.

"Being out in the rural areas, water's always a problem," said Brooks. "We had a total of four tankers on the scene that shuttled water from a farm down the road."

Brooks said what was in the shop also posed a challenge for firefighters.

"There were a lot of flammable material inside, a lot of stored wood being used for the woodworking, so we had a big fire load," said Brooks.

An Albemarle County Fire Marshal says the cause was spontaneous combustion.

The fire started in the dump trailer, when rags covered in paint thinner mixed with sawdust and ignited.

The Fire Marshal says this fire is a warning to other people. Sawdust, especially moist sawdust, generates heat, and when it mixes with chemicals, it can combust.

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