Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Fire Destroys Blume's Solid Surface Products in Pittsburg Area

Blumes fire
On January 14, Pittsburgh area countertop shop Blume’s Solid Surface Products was destroyed in a fire.  Blume’s was a full service fabricator of solid surface, quartz and granite countertops. As a wholesaler, the company fabricated and installed through independent kitchen and bath dealers in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. The company was a recognized leader in the countertop industry, as a founding member of the International Surface Fabricators Association and an ISFA Certified Professional, member of the Artisan Group, Marble Institute of America Accredited Fabricator member, member of the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) and member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). The company was also won numerous industry awards and recognitions.

More than 100 firefighters from at least 12 fire departments were needed to get the four-alarm blaze under control. Nobody was hurt in the fire, although around two dozen employees of the business lost their jobs because of the catastrophe.

A state police fire marshal was investigating the fire because of the manner in which it spread so rapidly. The fire appears to have started when an engine block heater caught fire in a truck that was parked behind the building in a loading area says South Buffalo Township Fire Chief Randy Brozenick.

Many condolences and warm regards from past customers and friends of the business on Facebook and other media outlets served as testimony to the positive image the business held in both its immediate community and the professional countertop industry. We wish to add our own condolences to that list.

A statement on their official Facebook page read:
With great sadness and heavy hearts Blume’s is announcing that we do not intend to reopen. It has been an amazing 27 years of business, and we want to thank all of our employees, customers and vendors.

Thank you for your support.

Gus, Dot, Michelle and Gus jr.


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