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Monday, 20 August 2018 20:20

Auto Body Shop in Meriden, KS, Rebuilds After Fire

Written by Dan Garrett, KSNT.com

 

Investigators say an electric heater malfunctioned, starting the fire.

 

Not only was the building itself a total loss, but the six cars that were in the shop being worked on were also destroyed.

 

Some of the cars were rare antiques, with only a few hundred ever made.

 

Garrison said that even though it was hard to watch 13 years of hard work burn to the ground, he vowed to rebuild the shop.

 

Garrison said he wants it to look like it did before the fire, so his customers feel at home.

 

"It was pretty heartbreaking, kind of humbling too because you don't realize how many friends you have until they come out of the wood work to help you do what you need to do," said Garrison.

 

"I've said it from the beginning: God has a plan. I don't like this plan, but he's got something in mind for me ... I don't know what it is yet, but someday he'll let me know."

 

Garrison said he isn't open for business yet, but he hopes to be soon.

 

He is adding new features to the shop, like year-round air conditioning and LED lighting.

 

He said he's also investing in a fire alarm system so he can catch an emergency earlier.

 

We thank KSNT.com for reprint permission.