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Auto glass business reopens only a day after fire destroys building

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The fire at Moose Auto Glass on Monday night, began in the middle of the building. The fire at Moose Auto Glass on Monday night, began in the middle of the building.
TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Fire officials pinpointed where a fire that destroyed a local business to the ground began.

The fire at Moose Auto Glass on Monday night, began in the middle of the building. They say the fire was fast moving, possibly because of all the combustible material inside. There were several cars and propane, as well as rubber. 

Officials say they found no signs of forced entry and do not think this was a suspicious fire, but have not ruled out foul play.

Where running water had dampened the streets and fire lit up the sky Monday night, on Tuesday water turned to ice and light was just the sun.

“As far as everybody’s spirits everybody’s kind of, it’s bittersweet. Everybody’s kind of sad, there’s a lot of memories here, of course,” Wes Dobbs, a Moose family member, said.

And a family who stood together watching their business burn, stood together again on Tuesday, only this time to plan.

“You don’t know what the next step is when something like this happens,” he said, “you just have to try to think clearly and move to the next step.”

Dobbs grew up working in that auto shop. He says it’s as much a part of Tyler as the roses. The building moved to the its current location in 1989 after being located in downtown Tyler since 1954. Eddy Moose, the current owner, wasn’t willing to let a fire burn out this East Texas staple.

“You think of Eddy Moose,” Dobbs explains, “They’re closed Christmas, New Year’s, and Thanksgiving Day. They’re always open. To be the middle of the week and just to say we’re not doing anything, he can’t fathom that, so he got the wheels turning and got on the phone and figured it out and that’s just the way he is.”

It’s not just part of Tyler, it’s part of Texas. That’s why when Gary Holbrooks with Venue Properties heard what happened, he was quick to lend a hand.

“People are more important than deals,” he said, “when I saw where something had happened to somebody that I know, I want to help them out. Even if it’s not somebody that I don’t know, I want to help them out. So, it was very easy for us.”

Just one day off from work for the 20 employees who call Moose Auto Glass home.

“A lot of the employees are here now helping with moving file cabinets out, trying to get everything out to get a speedy recovery for tomorrow,” Dobbs said explaining no jobs would be lost.

And through the haze emerged a solution from a family and a community standing together.

The temporary building is located at 2001 WSW Loop 323, in Tyler.

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