Friends, rivals help woodworking shop re-open after fire
Joe Dunphy Custom Woodworking in Morell, P.E.I., was destroyed last year
A woodworking business in Morell, P.E.I., re-opened this weekend one year after it was destroyed by fire.
Joe Dunphy Custom Woodworking along Highway 2 burned to the ground early Jan. 25, 2013. The business specialized in cabinets for kitchens, bathrooms, and general storage.
Dunphy, his wife Lisa and more than 100 friends and well-wishers re-opened the 30-year-old business Saturday. He said it was an amazing change from how he felt last year.
"[I was] devastated. Didn't know what we were going to do. Never thought it would happen,” he said. "To start from scratch again was not something I was looking forward to."
Lisa Dunphy credited the community for supporting the new shop.
"That was the worst day of our life. We want to celebrate with our friends and neighbours that we did come back and that this is the outcome,” she said.
Firefighter Danny Geldart helped celebrate the new start. He also fought the blaze last year.
"You could see the glow in the sky and I radioed in to our chief. I said, ‘What is it?’ He said it's Joe's shop. The adrenaline was flowing fast enough as it was, but then it went ten-fold," he said.
But the shop, valued at $750,000, was a total loss.
Dunphy’s friends and even his competitors lent him tools and shop space so he could keep his ten employees working.
"I do appreciate other companies. We have to stand together on P.E.I. There's not too much woodworking companies around,” said worker Louis-Philippe Beaulieu.