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Family-owned business in Southport destroyed by fire

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A fire with multiple explosions destroyed a family-owned business in Southport last Tuesday night. A fire with multiple explosions destroyed a family-owned business in Southport last Tuesday night.
Hoffman says he was able to save his family's cat who was inside the warehouse when the fire broke out. The business, however, is a total loss along with most of the equipment inside. Hoffman says he was able to save his family's cat who was inside the warehouse when the fire broke out. The business, however, is a total loss along with most of the equipment inside.

SOUTHPORT, NC (WECT) - A family in Brunswick County is heartbroken and worried about their livelihood after a fire with multiple explosions ravaged their family-owned business late Tuesday night.

According to fire investigators, Hoffman Eco-Works, off highway 211 in Southport, caught fire shortly before midnight Tuesday.

Fire crews from eight different departments in the area responded to a fully involved fire with multiple explosions reported.

The owner of the business, Matt Hoffman, says they recently refueled several trucks and four wheelers which were located inside the business. Fire investigators believe the fuel from those engines caused two major explosions which contributed to the violent quick spreading of the fire.

The business is located off a dirt road with no fire hydrants, so crews had to set up a water shuttle to battle the blaze.

Hoffman and his wife, Deanne Karnes, live in a house directly behind the business. 

Luckily they were not injured, but their spirit is broken.  They inherited the business from Hoffman's father who started the business on the day that Matt was born in the early 1980s.

"I never could imagine a nightmare like this," said Hoffman. "The important thing is that nobody is hurt but this is devastating and I feel so bad for my family."

Hoffman says he was able to save his family's cat who was inside the warehouse when the fire broke out. The business, however, is a total loss along with most of the equipment inside.

The fire was ruled accidental late Wednesday afternoon. Authorities do not believe that suspicious activity was involved.

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