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Massena Fire respond to structure fire at 128 South Raquette River Road

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MASSENA - Massena firefighters responded to a reported structure fire at 128 South Raquette River Road shortly before 8 a.m. Saturday.

Details on this morning’s fire are not yet available, but departments providing mutual aid - Helena and Norfolk - checked back in service within an hour of the initial call.

It marked the second fire call to the site of North Country Millworks in the past three years.

A December 2010 fire destroyed North Country Millworks LLC, a custom millshop owned by Creig L. and Barbara Donnelly on the South Raquette Road, Massena.

A donation of equipment from a stranger in Virginia helped them get back on their feet in recent months. North County Millworksmainly produces customized cabinetry and moldings. It’s something they’ve done for 17 years, according to Mr. Donnelly, who follows in his father’s footsteps and has more than 30 years of experience in cabinet building.

“We concentrate on high-end cabinetry,” Mrs. Donnelly said in April.

Their business went up in flames on Dec. 29, 2010. The building was a total loss.

“We lost everything in the shop,” Mr. Donnelly said.

There was a loud boom that night and then the fire struck. Volatile fumes in the painting booth of the shop combusted and caused the blaze. Paint thinner, varnish and other flammable liquids inside of the shop, along with piles of wood used to make the cabinets, made it difficult to extinguish the blaze.

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