October 15, 2013

Fire damages building housing cabinet business (Updated 4:30 p.m.)

Fire officials hope to know more on Wednesday about what caused a fire at a brick building that was home to a cabinet business on Cleveland Highway.

Whitfield County Fire Chief Carl Collins said the fire broke out at the building at 2218 Cleveland Highway around 7 a.m. on Tuesday, damaging much of the structure before officials could get it under control.

All of the first floor and part of the second were occupied by Cabinets and More, but Collins said no one was inside at the time. A firefighter who responded had to be checked out by medical responders after becoming overheated but is OK.

Three stations from the county fire department responded, as is standard in cases involving commercial structure fires. The Dalton Fire Department assisted with a ladder truck because of the intensity of the heat coming off the second story, officials said.

Dalton Deputy Fire Chief Gary Baggett said a passerby called the fire in. Dalton firefighters helped restock responders’ air supplies in addition to helping fight the fire, he said.

Collins said Dalton firefighters used their truck to climb onto the roof, cut a hole and ventilate the structure to help as responders battled intense heat. By the time they got the fire under control — about an hour after it started — and left the scene — at around 11 a.m. — responders were exhausted, Collins said.

“We don’t really suspect anything suspicious,” Collins said of the cause of the fire, “but everybody was just so worn out.”

He said firefighters hope to return to the scene on Wednesday and determine a cause.

Text Only
  • New Dalton lab could create 15 to 20 jobs

    A new laboratory opening in Dalton on Tuesday is expected to create 15 to 20 jobs over the next couple of years for chemical engineers, chemists and lab technicians, according to company officials.

    April 11, 2014

  • Next year’s high-skilled visas snapped up in days

    Businesses seeking highly skilled workers from overseas took less than a week to snap up all 85,000 visas available for next year, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced Monday.

    April 8, 2014

  • Study looking at ways to bring more manufacturing to area

    Technology is changing every part of the economy, including manufacturing. Advanced machinery and manufacturing processes require workers with new and advanced skills.

    April 2, 2014

  • Werner Braun: Saying goodbye to CRI

    It’s time to say farewell.
    For the past 14 years, I have had the honor of serving as the president of the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI), and what an honor it’s been.

    March 27, 2014

  • Carpet Capital Association of Realtors

     Uh-oh! Another prospective buyer upset with me again! Our phone conversation didn’t go very well. He didn’t like the questions I asked, or the advice I offered. Wait, the phone’s ringing ...

    March 21, 2014

  • Werner Braun: Relay for Life honors cancer survivors

    It’s the rare few among us who haven’t been touched by the lives of friends or family members who have been given a diagnosis of cancer. I know I have.

    March 20, 2014

  • Werner Braun at DGCC 3 mlh.jpg Friends, industry leaders saying goodbye to Braun

    When Werner Braun’s family immigrated from Germany, they came with all of their belongings in three suitcases and none of them spoke any English.

    March 18, 2014 3 Photos

  • Yarbrough named CRI president

    After a “rough half decade,” the carpet industry has begun to bounce back, and Joe Yarbrough said he looks forward to helping it grow.

    March 13, 2014 1 Story

  • Werner Braun: Sustainability from a facility manager’s perspective

    Sustainability means different things to different people, but from the facility manager’s perspective, sustainability can be viewed somewhat like a three-legged stool: a stool that balances specifications, installation and maintenance.

    March 13, 2014

  • Area jobless rate up slightly

    Metro Dalton’s unemployment rate increased to 9.5 percent in January, from 9.4 percent in December 2013, according to the Georgia Department of Labor. The rate was 11.9 percent in January 2013.

    March 13, 2014