Homeowners Respond After Massive Fire at Matt’s Building Materials in Pharr
Owners of a Pharr business are speaking out after their establishment caught fire on New Year’s Day.
More than 100 first responders from 15 agencies across the valley worked to extinguish the flames that consumed Matt’s Building Materials in Pharr on Saturday.
Firefighters say it took crews almost 15 hours to douse the flames; it was fully contained around 4 a.m. Sunday.
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Firefighters say the cause of the blaze remains unknown.
Isaac Smith, co-owner of Matt’s Building Materials, says most of the damage was done to the store, but some parts of the property remained intact.
“We have our yard where we do all of our lumber and plywood sales. Siding – which was still salvageable – and we have a lot of vehicles that were salvageable,” Smith said.
The owners say their employees will have jobs to resume on Monday, saying they plan to pick up the pieces and move on.
“We just have to get back to it and get back to what we’re doing and keep serving the community, keep providing building materials, good products,” Smith said. “Building positive relationships with the people around us and that’s what we’ve been doing for 50 years and that’s what we’ll continue to do.”
Authorities say no one was injured in the blaze and no nearby homes or businesses were damaged.
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