Fire guts Denair appliance repair store, no injuries reported

A fire destroyed A&R equipment repair shop in Denair, California on Wednesday May 26, 2021.

A fire destroyed A&R equipment repair shop in Denair, California on Wednesday May 26, 2021.

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A neighboring company is raising money to support the owners of A&R Appliance Repair in Denair after a structural fire broke out in the building on Wednesday.

Evelyn Armendiz, who has owned the business with her husband Rene Estrada since 2005, said she and her entire family were at her son’s graduation ceremony when the fire broke out.

“Everyone is safe and everyone is good,” she said. “Nobody was there, it was after hours.”

The Denair Fire Department responded to the fire at the store at 3748 N. Santa Fe Ave at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. The building burned through the roof when the fire department arrived at the scene. The fire departments in Turlock, Hughson and Modesto provided additional support.

Firefighters were able to contain the fire on one building, according to the statement “even though the building was a total loss”. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined, but Stanislaus regional fire investigation unit is investigating the cause and origin of the fire.

According to investigators, the estimated loss to the building and its contents is $ 300,000.

Nothing in the store looks salvable, Armendiz said, but she said the store will continue to provide appliance service and tracking to its existing customers.

Bob Holloway, who owns Road Dog Tires near the homeware store, has set up a collection box in his shop to raise funds and support the business. Additionally, Holloway said he was looking to recruit more companies to raise funds for A&R Appliance and eventually hold a more formal fundraiser in the coming weeks.

“They obviously lost all of their business, all of their inventory,” he said. “You are in a world full of injuries right now. Denair is a small community. We have always stuck together. Whenever there is such a tragedy, the whole community comes together and we will do that. “

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