Fire Destroys Edwards BusinessPosted: Updated:
A longtime Edwards business was destroyed by fire Wednesday morning.
Fire swept through TNT Tackle on State Route 58. Several fire departments were on the scene.
Owner Nicholas Valdivez said he woke up at around 5:30 a.m. and found his kitchen full of smoke. When he opened his bait shop door, the heat hit him smack in the face.
“I had to feel my way to the other end of the house where Sweetie (his girlfriend) was sleeping. Woke her up and we had just time enough to get out the back door and call the fire department,” he said.
Valdivez said he lost 600 guns in the fire and his total inventory was worth $1.75 million.
The business was not insured. He says no company would insure it because the home and the business are attached.
“We tried to save as much as we can. But in this case, it was far too late and the wind wasn't cooperating with us,” said Edwards Fire 1st Assistant Chief Andrew Ames.
TNT Tackle was in business at the same State Route 58 location for 30 years. The business probably won't reopen.
“My my entire life, you know. We were the only thing really left around here, you know. No way, we're done,” said Valdivez.
Four cats were at home when the fire broke out and couldn't be found. Firefighters said ammo was popping off during the fire but did not pose a danger to them. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.