Two Weeks Later Businesses Still Feeling Aftershock of Propane Fire - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/14/06

Two Weeks Later Businesses Still Feeling Aftershock of Propane Fire

Several businesses are still feeling the aftershock of the propane fire that broke out two weeks ago at Wylie LP Gas. NewsChannel 11's Kealey McIntire caught up with business owners who say they're still waiting on insurance companies to help pay for the damages.

Several businesses in about a quarter mile radius of Wylie LP Gas sustained damage from the fire. One building used to be American Glass Distributors. Demolition crews started knocking down the building on Tuesday. Their new office is just behind the old building. They've spent the past two weeks installing shelves and re-stocking their new location.

We also checked in with Pedro's Tamales, which is just feet away from the propane yard at Wylie LP Gas. Over the last two weeks they've repaired holes caused by propane tanks that crashed through the ceiling. They've also repaired wiring and the phone system, which was down for four days following the fire.

Pedro's got behind on production because they were forced to evacuate for several hours immediately following the fire, upon returning they had to throw out thousands of pounds of tamales because of damage caused by the fire. Now,15 days later, they're still trying catch up on filling those back orders.

"It's like we produced that product for no reason, once you lose it, it's like you're starting all over again. So we were having to make up for that and everything is such a time issue and the following day of the trying to make product, fill orders and beyond. You're just trying to get a lot done in the little time you've got," said Pedro's President, CEO Mark Hale.

Pedro's produces about 8,000 pounds per hour and they were out of operations for several hours, and Hale says that amounts to quite a loss in revenue.

Pedro's, as well as many area businesses, are still gathering final damage estimates and are waiting for insurance companies to help pay for the damages.

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