Hollandale fire victims begin cleanup - KTTC Rochester, Austin, Mason City News, Weather and Sports

Hollandale fire victims begin cleanup


HOLLANDALE, Minn. (KTTC) -- It's been three weeks and a slow recovery for a family in Hollandale after the warehouse for their business burned down.  Now it is nearly time for cleanup to get underway.

If you can recall back to July 8, Jones Auto Sales on Netherlands Avenue West went up in flames.  Inside the warehouse were hundreds of collectibles including antiques and vintage cars.

Some cars, Ford Model T's, were more than 100 years old.  The 16 other vintage cars sit in a stack four high, in heaps of scrap metal. 

"This is what's left," said owner Irene Jones pointing to the car-pile.  "They were all in good shape," she said.  "Only a couple of them that weren't the best but they were all in good shape.  One of them was his mom's.  She bought it brand new in 1966.  It was a Chevy coupe."

It has been a hard concept to grasp but now it's time to move on said Jones.  "I just want it cleaned up so I don't have to look at it anymore. This is forty years what we've done. We love to collect.  But I just want it cleaned up."

With a chance to step back and catch her breath Jones said she is thankful for the things that didn't happen.  Knowing she is still fortunate to have everyone safe.  The family is waiting to get an attachment put onto their excavator to help clear the rest of the site. 

If all goes as scheduled Irene hopes to have the site cleared by next Friday.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2001 - 2014 WorldNow and KTTC, a Quincy station.
All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Jodi Neyens at (507) 280-5104. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.