Arson likely in cabinet store fire

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PHOENIX -- Investigators believe an early morning fire at a high-end cabinet shop in Phoenix might have been arson.

It happened shortly after midnight Monday at Wood Expressions Fine Custom Cabinetry, which is located southeast of Pinnacle Peak Road and 19th Avenue, not far from Deer Valley Airport.

The 20,000 square-foot facility houses both a workshop and a showroom and is equipped with sprinklers. Because of those sprinklers, the fire damage was kept to a minimum. In fact, the flames were mostly out by the time firefighters arrived on the scene.

The bulk of the damage inside the building is from the water.

According to the Phoenix Fire Department, a Maricopa County sheriff's deputy who happened to be in the area smelled smoke from the fire. As he got closer to the scene, he saw water pouring from the store's entrance.

Firefighters from several cities were called out.

A fire investigator on the scene told 3TV's Ryan O'Donnell he believes this to be a case of arson. That investigator said several fires had been set inside the building.

"Typically, fires that are accidental in nature start in one spot and spread from there," explained Cap, Willie Nelson, an investigator with the Phoenix Police Department. "This one had several [spots] that were not connected."

An arson dog was brought in to assist the investigators. Crews will likely be on the scene all day as they try to determine exactly how the fire started and what accelerant might have been used.

Once they are finished, they will turn the building over to the company's owner, Dave Potter.

No injuries were reported. Damage estimates were not immediately available.

Potter said the store has been in this building for about three years. Potter launched the company in 2005.

In November, the U.S. Commerce Association selected Wood Expressions as the best local business in the cabinetmakers category for 2011.