Fire Destroys Family Business for Fourth Time

April 18, 2006--Posted at 6:00 pm

BROOKLAND--A fire broke out in Brookland today leaving a family business in ruins for the fourth time...
 Quality Cabinets is facing another near total loss.

Quality cabinets went up in smoke... But this isn't the first time...

"This is kind of the fourth fire. We had one, the refrigerator shorted out, lightning struck the building once, somebody had set it on fire once," Part Owner Gary Tobert says.

Tolbert says the fire started when fan shorted out in a stain room.
 He said once the paint caught fire... It spread rapidly... Now, he's just hoping the fire department can salvage what's left.

"They had gotten the stain room contained and had just got past that a little bit and they cut a hole in the side of the wall and contained it from going all the way through the building," Tolbert says.

And for a staff that is primarily Spanish speaking, the loss is hard to explain...

"I try to talk to two of them and let them do all the explaining... Some of them don't really understand English very well so kinda don't really know where to go from here," Tolbert says.

And for a family business that has been in ruins before, they're trying to figure out how to start over... Once again.

"It hurts... It hurts bad. I've been doing it ever since i've graduated. My dad has been doing it for over 35 years. I  really don't know anything else. I've been doing it all my life. I don't know where to go from here," Tolbert says. 

The Tolbert family says two of the four fires that destroyed their business were total losses.

We'll have an update on today's fire tonight on Nightbeat.