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Car smashes into building - destroys business

By: Philip Wood, The Press Tribune
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A car smashed into the Empire Cabinet Company on the corner of Atlantic and Jefferson streets and destroyed the building after it caught on fire Wednesday morning. Hunter Lindeloff, 22, was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after failing to negotiate the turn heading west to Vernon Street around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, said Roseville Police Officer Jason Bosworth. “A passerby saw it happen and broke the windows with a baseball bat and got them out of the car,” Bosworth said. “Nobody was injured.” There were two people in the car, and the passenger was released at the scene, Bosworth said. Empire Cabinet owner Steve German and Foreman Mike McKillop watched their workplace burn. “The car went all the way inside the building,” said McKillop, who arrived around 3:30 a.m. “German) and I watched it, and it was like watching a member of the family die.” The Empire Cabinet Company had been in the building since 1991, but the building itself was constructed in 1922, McKillop said. McKillop said the car entered the building where most of the electrical was located, which he suspects may have caused the fire. “I’ve seen many crashes at the corner. People take it too fast,” McKillop said. The cabinet company, with three employees, will set up shop in a temporary location while either the building is repaired or another location is found. A dollar amount for the damage was not accessed yet, but McKillop said the company was insured.