New England Casket Co. Owners Unsure Of Next Steps After ‘Heartbreaking’ Fire

BOSTON (CBS) – The owners of New England Casket Company said they are devastated after their business was destroyed by a 9-alarm fire Friday night.

Owner Lou Tobia Jr. said the fire started in an oven that heats the room where caskets dry. He said the flames began above the facility’s sprinkler room, which is why it was able to spread without being doused.

Lou Tobia Jr. (WBZ-TV)

There are about 100 employees who work at New England Casket Company. They were all able to safely escape.

“We have an emergency action plan,” Tobia Jr. said. “It worked like clockwork. Everyone got out so quick. It started so small, it’s just shocking it turned into what we’re seeing.”

Fire at New England Casket Company in East Boston (Image credit Boston Fire)

The business has been in the Tobia family for decades. Tobia Jr.’s…

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