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Friday, 19 September 2014 00:00

UPDATE: Fire Destroyed Established PA Body Shop

After a fire destroyed Jim Weiss Auto Body & Towing in East Stroudsburg, PA, on August 22, friends are helping with a massive clean up effort so Jim Weiss can rebuild the business he started more than 30 years ago.

“I’m thankful that the cleanup is going well,” said Weiss. “A lot of my friends who are retired are helping every day. I have a lot of support right now and it means a lot to me.”

 

The Monroe County shop caught fire around 4 am on August 22. Trooper Jamie Sgarlat from the Pennsylvania State Police said the fire originally initiated in a Jeep that had been towed to the shop. “It was left on a rollback near the side of the building and the vehicle had been in a crash,” he said. The official cause of the fire is still undetermined, according to Trooper Sgarlat.

Weiss took some time off to deal with insurance matters and is now getting back to business.

“We are doing what we can,” he said. “It took 30 years of work to get where I was and now it’s like starting again.”

A temporary office was set up out of a camper on site and some of the neighboring shops are letting him use space in their garages for body work. Weiss said his own shop should be operational in approximately two months. “Our business is all word of mouth,” he said. “We’ve done very well managing to keep our doors open and managing during a difficult economy. This is a huge blow and we’re going to try and keep our doors open and survive this situation.”

Jim Weiss Auto Body & Towing can be reached at 570-421-1225.

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