Concerted Effort of Local Fire Departments Could Not Save Glass Shop
December 2, 2011

By Sahely Mukerji

The majority of the area’s fire departments teamed up to battle down the fire that destroyed Adams Glass Studio in Troy, Ala. “It was a mutual aid fire for us,” says Thomas Outlaw, fire chief at Troy Fire Department. “We were not the respondent department for that area. Eight or nine fire trucks were there from the majority of the area’s fire departments, including Brundidge, Banks, Hamilton Crossroads, Henderson, Goshen, and Pike Fire and Rescue. We didn’t have enough water.”

Adams Glass Studio designs, executes and installs church windows, as well as windows and doors for businesses and homes, according to its website.

The Troy Fire Department got the call around 8:40 a.m. on November 30, Outlaw says. “The store is about 5 miles away from our station, in the Brundidge Fire Department area,” he says. “The building is between 3000 and 4000 square feet with a basement, and it was completely destroyed.”

The fire started from a wood heater, Outlaw says. Charles Adams, the owner, was in the building when the fire started. “The flames got into the attic of the building,” Outlaw says. “It took us the majority of the afternoon to put out the fire. It was a wood building and it kept smoldering.” Adams Glass is in the county water system area, he says, and Hamilton Crossroads Fire Department supplied a tanker of water.

“Adams Glass was a landmark in the area,” Outlaw says. “It first opened in 1953.”

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