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Gunstock firm in flames
Fire destroys manufacturing firm in west Yuba City, CA

By Nancy Pasternack/Appeal-Democrat
October 5, 2007 - 1:23AM

Fire gutted the Great American Gunstock Co. building – a 4,500-square-foot structure on Industrial Drive in Yuba City – Thursday night, taking with it several million dollars in machinery and inventory.

No one was injured in the blaze.

The company, which manufactures stocks for high-end, double-barreled shotguns and big-game rifles, has been in business since 1993.

Dale Whitney of Whitney’s Appliance Service, across the street, called 911 just after 8:30 p.m., then ran to alert the gun-stock company’s owner, Henry L. Pohl, who was inside the building at the time.

“I came out here, ready to head home, and I seen the flames,” Whitney said. “It was weird.”

Two hours later, Pohl was still pacing in front of his building, staring at the wreckage in disbelief.

“It’s just about gone,” he said. “They put so much water on it, but it wouldn’t go out. It just wouldn’t go out,”

He estimated that 7,000 to 8,000 finished or partly finished gunstocks had been lost. Together with equipment that had been destroyed, he estimated the loss at $3 million to $5 million.

Pohl said he had been on the telephone when Whitney banged on the door and alerted him about the fire.

Several minutes after he exited the building, Pohl said, ignited wood-finishing oil began to accelerate the blaze.

“Aerosol spray cans started exploding and shooting up like little rockets,” he said.

Wind blew embers over and onto the building next door, which houses an engineering firm, a construction company, a development firm and an attorney’s office, but firefighters from the Yuba City and Marysville fire departments kept the blaze contained to the gunstock building.

“I’m watching to make sure no flames shoot over,” said Kyle West, owner of Kwest Engineering, “as if there’s really anything I could do about it,” he laughed.

Pohl said he has been in the gunstock business his whole life, and is the fourth generation in his family to be involved in that enterprise.
 

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What an awful shame! An American, family-owned company which employs craftsmen lost. Sure hope he can re-build and re-open the factory. That is a vanishing trade in this country.
 

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Very sad to see an old line family company wiped out by fire. :cry:
 
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"he estimated the loss at $3 million to $5 million."

All of Yuba City isn't worth that much.

I heard that Yuba City was on FleaBay with a "Buy It Now" of $11.00.

Doug
 

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Its just a bit up the road from me. I'm sure he doesn't know what he's going to do yet.
 
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