A fire ripped through a Richfield business Friday, destroying a building.
Part of the Dogberry Collections complex was a total loss in the fire, specifically the portion used to build one of the company’s primary products — mantles.
The fire started shortly before noon. Weeds were being burned on a neighboring property — White’s Sanitation — but the state fire marshal’s office has not concluded its investigation into the exact cause of the fire, said Richfield City Police Chief Trent Lloyd.
While the fire devastated the building, no injuries were reported.
“That was a miracle,” Lloyd said. “When you have a fire that size, there are a lot of moving parts.”
Lloyd also said it was fortunate the fire started while most of the people who work at Dogberry were out to lunch, which also prevented potential injuries.
“We’re just thankful for all of the help that was given,” Lloyd said.
The fire required the Richfield, Monroe and Salina fire departments to respond. Sevier County’s emergency medical services were also on scene, as well as the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office and its search and rescue volunteers.
“We used the search and rescue guys to help block roads,” Lloyd said.
Fire hoses stretched around the block as firefighters drew from several different hydrants to combat the blaze. Water trucks were also deployed to help supplement the water supply to firefighters in their efforts to douse the fire.
“Everyone did their part,” said Richfield City Fire Chief Bryan Worley. Firefighters worked on the fire from approximately 11:30 a.m., until after 8 p.m.
The Annabella Road and other surface streets in the area were temporarily closed off while the fire was active.
“Our goal is to get production up and running as soon as possible,” said Mike Shaver, one of the owners of Dogberry. “We’re so thankful for all the support the community has given and the offers of help that have been given.”
Mike said while the fire damaged the business’s operation, he’s thankful no employees or emergency responders were hurt in the fire.
“We were really blessed that way,” Mike said. “We really appreciate everyone who’s helped, especially the firefighters, police officers and the other emergency responders.”
The fire did not damage a building containing Dogberry’s business office and some of the production equipment.
“We’re working on consolidating,” said Morgan Shaver, another owner of Dogberry. He said currently things are on a one- to two-week hiatus as electrical work and other items are completed so production can resume.
To that end, White’s Sanitation has offered a warehouse to use while Dogberry gets back on its feet.
“We’re working together,” Morgan said. “They’ve been very kind through the whole process.”
Dogberry has been in its current location for the past three years. The company, depending on seasonal fluctuations, employs approximately 50 people.