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Neighbor explains devastating loss from Madison County fire

A cabinet shop in Madison County is now a pile of rubble Tuesday.

An early morning fire destroyed Canyon Creek Cabinets, on Salem Road just north of Rexburg.

It was a 4,000 square foot building.

No one was physically hurt from the fire.

The Madison County Fire Department received the call today at 6:10 a.m.

Upon arrival, the building was found to be fully involved with fire and defensive firefighting
tactics were by employed the fire department.

They were on scene all morning trying to put out hot spots and determine what caused the fire.

The fire department sent four engines, three water tenders, an ambulance, a couple
command vehicles and 23 personnel to work the fire scene. Madison County sheriff deputies
also responded.

Neighbor, Garth Hillman, expressed his sorrow for the owner.

“It’s just a devastating thing. It really is,” Hillman explained with a surprised look on his face.

It is a sight no one wants to wake up to.

Hillman lives just right across Canyon Creek Cabinets.

“I feel really bad for him. I just can’t imagine what it would be like to go through a fire and just lose everything,” Hillman said.

The fire was so big and seemed so close that he was worried it was his house that was on fire, he said.

“Well, my daughter woke up and said she heard sirens. Which woke me up and I went into our bathroom and we have a window that faces the shop and it was just glowing orange. It made me wonder if our house was one fire,” he said.

This is not the first time the owner lost property to a fire, Hillman said.

“It’s not this same shop but, he had a situation, a number or quite a few years ago where he had a fire once before. I couldn’t imagine going through it myself,” he said.

Hillman added that this fire makes you want to check yourself to make sure your business is okay.

“I have my own business. I have a shop that’s over there and I have thousands of dollars of equipment in it and I think to myself, ‘How would I be feeling if the same thing happened to me,” he said.

The owner declined to talk on camera but told us that he is just trying to move forward from this.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The estimated cost of damage is about $450,000.

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