PORT ST. LUCIE — A fire at Treasure Coast Roofing may have ravaged the business — and left an estimated $400,000 in damages — but the owner said they will persevere and move ahead.
“I just think it’s just going to be a little difficult for a couple of weeks,” owner Brian Maloney said Wednesday. “But one foot in front of the other, we’ll get through it.”
At 7:02 a.m. Monday, St. Lucie County Fire District crews were dispatched to the 1800 block of Southwest Biltmore Street, according to the Fire District. The fire, which dspanmspanged three bspanys or portions of the fspancility just east of Florida’s Turnpike, was under control by 7:30 a.m.
Fire District Capt. Wayne Boyer said the cause is “definitely accidental.”
No one was injured, according to Fire District spokesperson Brenda Stokes.
“We’re just still in a little bit of … just disarray, trying to get things in order,” Maloney said. “We lost all our computers, contracts and paperwork.”
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Maloney said he’s been in business since 2001, serving from Jupiter to Palm Bay. They have about 60 employees.
“We do re-roofs and new construction,” he said.
Maloney said his brother was his partner when they opened though he died a few years ago.
“I just been keeping everything going myself,” he said. “I got a good team around me, so we seem to hold our own.”
Dylan Seifert, an investigator under the Fire District’s fire marshal, said they estimated roughly $100,000 in damage per bay with an additional $100,000 in contents, so about $400,000 in total. Seifert said an employee reported the fire.
On Wednesday morning, yellow tape surrounded the business, which is in a largely industrial or light industrial area of the city. The interior of one bay looked severely damaged through an open door.
Maloney said they also operated out of a fourth bay, but that wasn’t damaged.
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While the fire was “a pretty big impact,” Maloney said it’s not the end of Treasure Coast Roofing.
“Not by far,” he said.
They are working with insurance and seeing how things unfold.
Seifert said almost half the building is considered condemned.
“How hot and long it burned, we couldn’t spend an extended period of time in there because the building was actually considered structurally unsound by the building officials,” he said.
Maloney thanked his employees who he said stepped up with some working extra hours to get things back in order.
He said the business has gotten support and phone calls, and asked folks to bear with them.
“We had a lot of roofs that are under contract, so we’re contacting homeowners and letting them know that everything’s good, we’re moving forward,” Maloney said. “We’re just making a few adjustments here and there … We’ll get through this.”