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Suffolk woodworking shop destroyed by early morning fire

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Posted at 7:43 AM, Apr 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-13 07:43:53-04

SUFFOLK, Va. – A large woodworking shop in Suffolk was destroyed by fire early Wednesday morning.

Suffolk Fire & Rescue crews responded to the Bachand Woodworking Corporation in the 1000 block of Wilroy Road at 6:05 a.m. to find the shop fully-involved in the fire.

Battalion Chief William Kessinger says the fire required a strong defensive attack. However, despite their efforts, the facility was declared a total loss. The fire was declared under control at 6:58 a.m.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Responding units included Engines 1, 2 and 3, Ladders 3 and 6, Battalions 1, 2 and 3, Rescue 1, EMS-1, and Medic 1A.  Due to the large response, Engine 4 moved to Station 1 to backfill in case needed.

There were no injuries.

At this time, Wilroy Road is shut down between Constance Road and Suburban Drive, with traffic being detoured to Portsmouth Boulevard at Constance Road and across to Suburban Drive.

The closure is expected to last several hours.