Repairs begin after Helena Industries fire - KXLH.com | Helena, Montana

Repairs begin after Helena Industries fire

Posted: Feb 26, 2018 10:14 PM Updated:

Helena Industries has brought in a restoration company to repair damages after a fire last month.

Representatives said as many as 12 roof trusses will need to be replaced.

Interim CEO for Helena Industries Barbara Walsh said the biggest concern is how long it will take to gather donations and get the store going again.

"Our concern is when we can start opening up the retail side again," Walsh said.

The restoration company estimates that repairs to the retail building will take three-to-four months.

Our concern is when we can start opening up the retail side again", said Barbra Walsh, interim CEO Helena Industries.

Helena Industries currently cannot accept donations.

"That is our goal in the next month to decide when we open up, when to ask for the donations and have the time to process them, and have the room to process," Walsh said. "I think people don't realize you have to have a certain amount of room and the room where we process was damaged."

Walsh added that the construction company will touch base with Helena Industries in a month to provide a better picture of when the store can reopen. 

"The insurance inventory people come in and count all of the inventory and so at that point, they ask us to sell for whatever we can get for it," Walsh said.

The structure damage is estimated to be about $250,000 while the inventory endured minor smoke damage.

The store will temporarily open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 1-3 to allow Helena Industries to try and sell current inventory.

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