Thursday, January 3, 2019

Longtime Drew County Business Owner Cleans Up After Major Fire -

MONTICELLO, Ark. - Charred remains are all that's left at a popular repair shop after a New Year's Eve fire in Drew County. 

Berry's Saw Shop has been in business since 1978. It's been a staple in Monticello for the past several decades. 

Tommy Daniels is saving anything worthwhile from his burned-out building. 

"Salvage what we can and do what we can from there," Daniels said. 

For the last 40 years, he's owned Berry's Saw Shop. 

"Repair law mowers, chainsaws, we buy scrap," he said. "The community is good to us." 

On New Year's Eve, it came to a halt when a fire broke out in his back building. He says it started out small with a little smoke. Quickly, the fire spread to his front building. Fire crews closed North Gabbert Road for over an hour to fight it. 

"The fire department was really good. They worked really hard. I appreciate them," said Daniels. 

He says he doesn't have insurance and lost an estimated $300,000-$400,000 in property damage. 

He says it's just about a total loss and he's now cleaning to save what he can. 

He went from repairing others' equipment to trying to save his own. 

"Like I said, things happen, there is no use in crying about it, it just doesn't happen now."  

He says he didn't think this was how he would spend his New Year. 

"I looked forward to doing better things, but oh well, we know what God does," said Daniels. 

Despite the fire, he's hopeful to get back up and running some day. 

"I feel like if it's God's will, I will."

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