COOLBAUGH TOWNSHIP — A business in the Poconos destroyed by fire celebrated its grand opening Monday, about five months after the devastating blaze.
The CEO of Jack Williams Tire and Auto is giving back to the fire crews as a way to say thank you for the help putting out the fire.
It’s been a whirlwind of emotions for this crew at Jack Williams Tire and Auto store near Mount Pocono as workers, volunteer fire crews and customers celebrate the re-opening of the store.
“Real big day. Five months ago this building was burning and here we are,” said Bill Williams, the CEO of Jack Williams Tire and Auto Store.
Five months ago, fire destroyed the Jack Williams Tire and Auto location near Mount Pocono.
The fire was ruled arson and no arrests have been made.
After the fire, the workers relocated to other Jack Williams stores throughout the area to make sure employees kept their jobs.
Meanwhile, construction crews began to rebuild the auto store, which is back up and running. That’s something customer Shirley Garbarini is glad to see.
“It’s a nice community place to do business. They’re very considerate, and it’s nice to keep coming back,” said Garbarini of Mount Pocono.
The workers are also very happy the location near Mount Pocono is back in business.
“Very nice. The lighting is good, got all new machines, state of the art. So it’s fun to work in,” said James Goode, a mechanic at Jack Williams Tire and Auto.
A portion of the tire sales at Jack Williams – from August to last week – went as a donation to the ten fire companies battling the blaze about five months ago.
A total of $5,500 was raised and given back as a thank you for all the hard work in battling that blaze.
Pocono Summit Volunteer Fire Company received $1,000 of the donation, which the chief says, will be put to good use.
“Maybe a new nozzle of so, cause they’re so expensive. A new nozzle is $894. A set of gear, you’re looking at $3,000. So it will go for a new member or equipment for the trucks,” said Pocono Summit Fire Company Chief George Tallmadge.
The CEO of Jack Williams says the donation to the ten fire companies is the least he could do to say “Thanks”.