Production resumes at furniture factory hit by arson

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PONTOTOC, Miss. (AP) – A northeast Mississippi factory is again turning out furniture after it was heavily damaged by arson.
 
WCBI-TV reports that production resumed on Oct. 23 at Washington Furniture in Pontotoc. That was less than a month after a Sept. 25 blaze destroyed an inventory warehouse, production lines and offices.
 
The company has resumed production in an undamaged warehouse.
 
Quality control leader Jesse Washington say the company is trying to ramp up production to supply customers.
 
The 400-employee factory, owned by Behold Home of Smithville, says it will build a new factory at the Pontotoc site.
 
Three buildings at American Furniture Co. in Ecru were destroyed in an Oct. 12 arson. Officials say they know of no links between the fires.
 
Officials continue to offer rewards for information on either fire.

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