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Wake Forest sign shop damaged in Sunday night blaze

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WAKE FOREST — Firefighters said they quickly controlled a late-night fire that had flared up inside a sign-making shop in Wake Forest, but not before the blaze did significant damage to the building.

Owners of the shop, My Custom Timber, said it is still doing business, although its building at 2016 S. Main St. needs heavy repairs. No injuries were reported.

The Wake Forest Fire Department said it was called to the scene at 11:50 p.m.

“While we were en route, the dispatcher told us it was a fire in the shop area,” said Capt. Justin Brown. “When the unit arrived they found a little bit of fire and heavy smoke.”
Brown said one man was at the shop and called 911 when he noticed the fire.

Firefighters used a nearby hydrant to control the blaze within 10 minutes, Brown said. The sign shop was one of a several attached suites in the same building, but the other attached businesses had only minor smoke damage.

The Wake County fire marshal’s office is investigating the cause of the blaze.

My Custom Timber produces custom wooden signs for clients. The building contained some machinery and wooden materials, officials said.

The business is locally owned by the Balmori and Humes families. Owners said they will use a different space to keep the business running until repairs are made.

The suite is owned by Clarence and Teresa Reams and has an estimated value of $216,000, county records show.