January 21, 2014
A two-alarm fire damaged The Peterbilt Store – Richmond early Tuesday morning.
According to The Richmond Times Dispatch, firefighters were called to the scene at 3:47 a.m., with more units called in for support at 4:04 a.m.
Lt. Robbie Hagaman told the newspaper, noting the fire appeared to start in the service bay, the blaze was under control nearly an hour later.
“Being a maintenance facility, there were some noises heard, some bangs and pops…primarily due to the contents of the building,” Hagaman told WRIC, a local ABC television affiliate.
No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation.
The Peterbilt Store – Richmond is operated by The Pete Store, LLC.
Greg Arscott, Vice President and General Manager of the company’s Southeast operations, says the blaze appeared to have started between two firewalls, and was isolated to the service bay portion of the facility.
“Understanding how bad all of this could have been, we’re really quite lucky,” he says.
Parts and truck sales at The Peterbilt Store – Richmond are currently open, and Arscott expects to have four service bays open and operational once the investigation is complete and cleanup can begin – likely Wednesday.
Arscott noted “a couple” trucks were damaged in the blaze. Customers wanting to check the status of their trucks can call 804-231-9800.
This isn’t the first time The Pete Store has had to operate in the face of adversity. The company’s Ringgold, Ga. facility was wracked by an F4 tornado in 2011.
“These things happen some time, unfortunately,” he says. “You just have to plan for them and react as best you can.”