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Forge Destroyed by Fire

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I apologize if this is old news, but Steve Bronstien's, Blackthorne Forge was destroyed  by fire on March 28th. Steve is a great guy an asset to the blacksmith community, whom I've known for 20+ years.  Details can be viewed at..

.http://www.wcax.com/story/35025672/marshfield-blacksmith-shop-burns-down

http://www.timesargus.com/articles/blackthorne-forge-destroyed-by-fire/

 

The shop had very recently passed a fire safety inspection with flying colors.

Al

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Hi. Very sad to read this terrible bad news. Hope the firefighter is okay and that nobody else was injured. Looks like he will bounce back from this though-hopefully. Me, I prefer coke to propane every time. Good luck Steve.

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Steve is a great guy, always willing to teach, talk, trade tips.  I was really bummed to hear bout this and I hope this very worthy go fund me campaign is a success.  

6 hours ago, Tommytaptap said:

Me, I prefer coke to propane every time.

He does production work, selling mostly thru wholesale craft shows.  Harder to do an efficient production run of product in coke.  Doubly so if you are training an employee to do it. 

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Grim news at least nobody was seriously injured. 

I'll be very interested to find out what the investigation learns. It's hard to imagine a leak that could light a large structure on fire couldn't be smelled. Of course the employee's sense of smell may be bad or not work at all. It happens.

Makes me think about getting a flammable gas / CO detector for the shop. 

Frosty The Lucky.

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As I understand from Steve, a catastrophic failure of a regulator seems to be the culprit. 

Al

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