Business called total loss after fire

December 7, 2018

The morning after an hourslong fire destroyed her Carroll Road business, Sandy Seyfert was counting her blessings.

Nobody was at Custom Quality Meats when the blaze began, and the outpouring of support has been touching, Seyfert said by phone Thursday while working at the New Haven location.

“It’s been heartwarming to really feel the ... compassion and sympathy and thoughts and prayers,” she said.

The Fort Wayne Fire Department arrived at Custom Quality Meats, 3227 Carroll Road, about 9:20 p.m., but the fire wasn’t under control until about 11:30 p.m.

Flames were in the attic upon crews’ arrival, but the fastest and most efficient way to extinguish such a fire : battling it from underneath : was hampered by the attic’s sheet metal flooring, Deputy Chief Adam O’Connor said.

Crews instead used ladder trucks to fight the fire from above once it broke through the roof, he said.

Seyfert, who was on the scene from about 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., said it was difficult to watch “a lot of hard work in flames” but noted her appreciation and gratitude for the firefighters.

“Those guys were heroic,” Seyfert said, describing how they continued to douse the building with water and remained vigilant after sunrise to extinguish any spot fires. “I see now how they put their lives on the line to put out fires.”

The fire remained under investigation Thursday, O’Connor said.

The building sustained heavy fire, water and smoke damage, the fire department reported. Seyfert described it as a total loss and noted that it happened during a busy time, given holiday orders for hams and turkeys.

She expects that customers : about a dozen : who had beef in the cooler will be compensated through insurance.

The business also provides butchering services. Accommodating farmers who planned to bring their livestock to the Carroll Road site won’t be as easy, Seyfert said.

“We were booked out until April,” she said, adding that it’s unlikely the business will be able to meet everyone’s needs.

Seyfert hasn’t mapped out the location’s next steps. The site, bought about nine years ago, is nice for retail, she said, adding that five people worked there.

Despite the losses, including business records, Seyfert said, “We’re trying to look on the bright side.”


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