On Monday Feb 10th we got a phone call no business owner ever wants to get. At 7:15am 911 dispatch called to let us know our business was on fire. The Elizabethton Fire Department was amazing and put the fire out very quickly preventing a total loss. The fire was started outside the back door to our production facility with evidence to suggest arson. Possible suspects have been identified by the police department and this is still under investigation. Thankfully our retail store front (immediately next door) was unaffected and remains open.
The fire started at the rear door, completely burned the overhang, entered the electrical room, and entered the rear of the building, burning out the doors and damaging the roof. Fortunately the rest of the shop has primarily smoke and water damage. However, it is enough overall damage to warrant a structural engineer, electrician, investigator, and a contractor to assess and appraise damages.
Preliminary estimates to get the building back up and running are staggering… especially with loss/damage to the electrical system for the entire building. The building is insured, but at this point all we know is that our candle production is at a stand still until the building is repaired enough to pass inspection for structural and electrical integrity.
The Next Steps
Many of our wonderful friends, facebook followers, and customers have asked how they can help as we try to recover from this event. While insurance may be able to repair structural damage, product damage, etc., they do not cover the loss we incur when our production is at a standstill. We are looking at an unknown amount of time before our production space will be repaired and fully operational again. We are asking for help to get us back up and running making our candles. We will need capital to cover losses and potentially short term rent of another space to keep the candle business operational while we rebuild. Please keep us in your prayers as we work through this. We truly appreciate all of your support and encouragement. God has a purpose in every event in our lives, and we are trusting Him to “work all things together for good.” We will keep you updated via facebook and this page of updates as they occur. In the mean time if you would like, or are able to donate, you can do so here: