Pete's Tire Barns lost about 4,000 tires in the fire valued at $500,000 as well as another $250,000 in equipment, said Regional Sales Manager Lennie Jones.
nine employees continued to service their customers.
The White River Junction store is one of 15 in the northeast, based out of a central hub in Orange, Mass.
It sells about 100,000 tires annually through all of its locations, focusing mostly on commercial and industrial vehicles but also selling everything from 12-inch diameter wheelbarrow tires to tires 8-feet in diameter for earth-moving equipment.
The day after the fire, Jones
said, maintenance trucks and tires arrived from Massachusetts to serve customers, all of whom were able to reach Jones
associates by cell phone.
And they began making service calls that same day, Jones
said, when they changed a flat tire on a school bus.
The new location is only 2-1/2 miles from the where the roundhouse once stood, Jones
said, allowing his
employees to continue to meet customers' needs.
was grateful for the assistance offered by the community following the fire, especially Richard Daniels and Max Jewel, both of whom offered Pete's Tire Barns temporary space.
"The support from other area businesses was definitely appreciated," Jones