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March 18, 2014
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Kuebler's Furniture sees little hope in salvaging building

Kuebler’s Furniture, gutted by fire Sunday, “looks like a complete loss,” the furniture company’s marketing director, Bill Woodford, said today.

“The roof is gone, and it looks like the whole thing pancaked down,” he said. “I’m not sure if the building will remain standing.”

The store at 1100 N.E. Stephens St. caught fire shortly after 5 p.m. Multiple people reported seeing smoke coming from the store at about 5:10 p.m. The store was engulfed in flames by 6 p.m. Only the building’s exterior block walls were left standing.

Roseburg Fire Department investigators said they hoped to determine the cause of the fire later today.

Deputy Fire Marshal Monte Bryan, who is leading the investigation, planned to return to the store this morning and meet with an insurance company representative, Fire Marshal Tony DiMare said.

The structure was valued at nearly $546,000, according to the Douglas County Assessor’s Office.

Woodford said he was unsure of the value of the lost inventory. Kuebler’s will fill customer orders using its other warehouses, he said.

Woodford said he did not know when the company will begin cleaning up the site.

About 26 firefighters from the Roseburg Fire Department and Douglas County Fire District No. 2 responded Sunday with two engines and a ladder truck.

Two store employees, accompanied by a child, had closed and left the store shortly before 5 p.m., DiMare said.

An employee who returned to the scene told firefighters that there was no sign of fire at closing time.

DiMare said people first reported seeing the fire in what appears to be the store’s kitchen area.

The store was constructed in 1952 by Robert B. Curtis of Curtis Brothers Home Furnishings. Curtis sold to Kuebler’s Furniture of Redding, Calif., in the late 1990s.

Kuebler’s was founded by Dean Kuebler, who turned the company over to his children in 2007. Kuebler has other stores in Redding and Salem.

• Reporter Jessica Prokop can be reached at 541-957-4209 and jprokop@nrtoday.com.

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