Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013
Marion Business Recovering From Devastating Fire
MARION -- In late February, a fire destroyed Hale's Automotive in Marion. Everything but the office was lost, including the vehicles of customers and employees.
Now, a new Hale's is under construction on Court Street. The walls are up and the roof is partially finished. The shop has come a long way in the last eight months.
Owner Joe Hale was on vacation when he heard his store was on fire.
"I got a call early that morning from one of my employees who got there first and said the shop was burning and I needed to come home," explained Hale.
When he returned, Hale realized everything was destroyed but the shop's records.
The original shop was fully insured and allowed Hale to rebuild. But more importantly, he says the support from the community made this all possible.
"The community really stood behind me. I'm glad that I'm in Marion, and I plan on being in Marion for a really long time," Hale said.
Hale's Automotive has been in Marion for 25 years. Hale doesn't have a set completion date for his new facility, but he does hope to move in before the end of the year.
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