Wednesday, 19 November 2014 00:00

Fire destroys auto body garage in Bolivar, MO

A fire is devastating to any business, especially to a small family-owned operation.

One Bolivar man is left to try and salvage the remains of an auto body shop he has owned for the last 8 years following a fire that ripped through his garage.

"Our internet went out in the house and I had no idea that's what it was until I came out and saw the building on fire and that's when we realized, well my wife did, that that's why our internet went out is because the fire had melted all the wire and everything," says shop owner Michael Hoppers.

Hoppers says the fire destroyed five projects he was working on and some of his own cars as well.

He says the fire started around 11:15pm the night before and officials say it took 15 fire fighters to put out the flames.

Hoppers says one of the prized possession on his shop was an award winning 1981 Harley Davidson motorcycle, he says the bike and the top half of the trophy are gone but he said he will keep the charred remains of the bottom half of the trophy that says he won first place.

The shop owner says he's in the process of notifying his customers of the fire and he and his family are now trying to decide if they plan to rebuild the shop in Bolivar, or pick a different location.

A fire official says the cause of the fire is accidental and now it's up to the insurance company to determine how it started.
He says the fire started around 11:15pm the night before and officials say it took 15 fire fighters to put out the flames.

Hoppers says one of the prized possession on his shop was an award winning 1981 Harley Davidson motorcycle, he says the bike and the top half of the trophy are gone but he said he will keep the charred remains of the bottom half of the trophy that says he won first place.

The shop owner says he's in the process of notifying his customers of the fire and he and his family are now trying to decide if they plan to rebuild the shop in Bolivar, or pick a different location.

A fire official says the cause of the fire is accidental and now it's up to the insurance company to determine how it started.

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