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Peter Oxley

1426 posts in 2498 days



Emmett, ID 83617
United States

April 2, 2007 I was working from home in the morning, planning to go to the shop a little later. The phone rang and a voice said, “Peter? We live across the street from your shop. Your shop is on fire. I’m sorry.” The shop was completely destroyed, along with everything in it. Photos of the blazing fire made the front page of the local paper. Officially the cause of the fire was “unknown”, but we think it might have been a faulty air compressor.

I thought we had pretty good insurance coverage, but insurance covered less than a third the cost to rebuild and restart – and we still have a lot to buy before we are fully outfitted again. However, by the beginning of August I was beginning to turn out work for the clients whose jobs were lost in the fire. As of the beginning of October I’m working on jobs for new clients.

The old shop was about 10 miles away – the new shop is 40 paces from the kitchen door. We built a 24×36x12 “pole barn” and sheetrocked the interior. Right now, the new shop is just a big room with tools in it – mostly the basic tools needed for the work I do. As I rebuild the cabinets and work tables and tool stations, I look forward to posting photos of the shop here. I also plan to report my experiences with the fire and insurance on this site and hopefully can provide some information that can be useful to others.

-- http://www.peteroxley.com -- http://north40studios.etsy.com --


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dennis mitchell

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#1 posted 2494 days ago

Ouch! I hope your new shop can pay you the difference. It should save some on gas.

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MsDebbieP

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#2 posted 2493 days ago

how horrible… sounds like there are some “silver linings” out of the situation though… I am sure it will all work out for the best, in the long run.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Thos. Angle

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#3 posted 2493 days ago

That was tough, Peter, hope to see the new one soon.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Nils

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#4 posted 2482 days ago

Good luck with the new shop! It sounds like you’ve weathered this crisis with a great attitude.

-- Nils Davis, Menlo Park, CA

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Dadoo

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#5 posted 2475 days ago

Nice website and you have done some beautiful workmanship as well Pete. Would love to see pics of your new shop.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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Scott Bryan

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#6 posted 2337 days ago

Hi Peter,

Even though my response is a little belated I am sorry for your loss. I will ditto Dadoo’ s comments about the pictures.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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