LAKE CITY, Iowa (KCAU) — Dobson Pipe Organ Builders opened in 1974 and is thought world wide for its keyboard devices. A fire Tuesday afternoon resulted within the whole lack of the constructing, organs, and years of historical past.
“It was only a actual sinking feeling to see it burning like that, and I knew then that it might be a complete loss,” mentioned Lynn Dobson, the founding father of the enterprise.
Landon Krause, the Assistant Fireplace Chief in Lake Metropolis, mentioned the crew battled that fireside in a single day.
“We acquired paged about 4:30 yesterday [Tuesday] afternoon and we battled until about, I’d say 3:30, and we shut down for some time,” mentioned Krause.
The reason for the fireplace continues to be below investigation.
“The insurance coverage firm is working with it, State Farm, hearth marshal has their report back to do,” mentioned Krause.
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Dobson mentioned the fireplace took with it irreplaceable paperwork and historical past.
“So, there was loads of correspondence and drawings and all of that type of materials from the planning of the 97 organs that we had constructed. And so all of these drawings and all that correspondence have been destroyed.”
Together with a group pricey to his coronary heart.
“I’m considerably of a photographer as nicely and so I had actually documented the historical past of the corporate and each venture that we constructed, whereas it was within the store being constructed and whereas it was being put in and all of these footage are gone as nicely,” mentioned Dobson.
Dobson, nonetheless, is grateful for the love they’ve acquired from the group.
“We’ve had folks supply us workplace area to arrange in. There’s another individuals who personal that they are saying they’ll transfer out of in order that we will have no less than a brief store to arrange,” mentioned Dobson
“One factor about Lake Metropolis, the group is big. They arrive out final evening, there’s extra meals, extra water, extra folks prepared to assist. It’s fairly wonderful,” mentioned Krause.
Proprietor John Panning, who’s at the moment out of city, mentioned he want to thank the firefighters and the members of the Lake Metropolis group which have rallied round them throughout this time.