Eastern Iowa Woodworking destroyed by midnight fire by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · March 01, 2013
A Feb. 21 fire destroyed Eastern Iowa Woodworking in Springdale, though fire officials have not yet determined the cause of the blaze.
West Branch Fire Chief Kevin Stoolman said the call went out about 11:30 to 11:45 p.m. Thursday during a snowstorm, which hindered the department’s ability to respond quickly.
Cedar County sent a snowplow to help the fire trucks get to the building, which was a large shed unattached to the home of David & Kathleen Frederick at 510 290th Street.
“It was totally involved” when firefighters arrived, he said, and they called for mutual aid from West Liberty Fire Department.
Four dogs were killed in the blaze, he said, and three vehicles were destroyed while a fourth was damaged. Firefighters also said they heard explosions from within, which they believe were aerosol cans bursting in the heat.
The fire departments were on scene until about 4 a.m., Stoolman said.
Stoolman said the machine shed was part storage, part office and part wood shop for the business which made cabinets, countertops, tables, headboards and frames, among other things.
Frederick had owned the wood shop for 12 years before passing the business on to his son, Joey.
He said the business is insured, but declined to talk more about the family business right now. He said he was most saddened by the loss of four beloved pets who spent “every waking hour” in the shop with him.