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Tyre Trak Automotive Center Looking Ahead After Friday’s Blast

SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WGGB)– So used to fixing other people’s cars, it’s now Tim Andrew who has to wait for help.

Thankfully, no one was at the Tire Trak Automotive Center during Friday’s explosion.

Now bent ceilings and structural damage plague the shop, just across the street from Scores.

“The interior of the building is a battlefield in there, there’s incredible damage. We managed to get into the building, we’re still assessing, we have no windows, we have no doors, we have no electricity, we have a business that we’re trying to salvage. We’re going from point a to b as best we can, but it’s not easy,” he said.

Andrew is in charge of the auto shop, and says he’s lost at least $20,000 in business since Friday, Yet he hasn’t filed a claim with Columbia Gas of Massachusetts yet.

He can’t, because he doesn’t own the property. In the meantime, insurance will allow him to keep all 7 of his employees on payroll. “The structure of the building is the responsibility of the people who own it.They can’t reasonably expect me to pay rent until they take care of that, so their incentive is there, and they’re good people. They want the property up and running as soon as we do,” Andrew stated.

Someone actually called our station on Saturday asking if they still had this week’s appointment at the Tire Trak. Certainly by now, they’ve got their answer. “I may know who that is because I received an email from a customer who was disappointed we couldn’t fix their vehicle yesterday. It’s only ignorance of the facts. No hard feelings. I subsequently received another email with an apology, if that’s who it might be,” chuckled Andrew.

Some customers whose cars actually were in the garage and damaged in the blast were also insured.

An adjuster will be coming tomorrow.

Andrew thinks it’ll be about 60 days before the business gets back on track.

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