A BUSINESS which was left facing an uncertain future following a fire in a snooker hall has risen from the ashes and is opening in its new premises today.
Stag Tyres had operated from its former base in Green Street, Hartlepool, for 18 years.
But when a ferocious fire ripped through Hartlepool Snooker Centre – situated above the old Stag Tyres garage on Sunday, March 9 – the whole building was declared unsafe.
Stag Tyres director Dave Deer and his four-strong team rallied together and rescued up to £30,000 worth of tyres from the old building, along with £20,000 of machinery.
The firm found its new premises behind Tesco, in Lower Oxford Street, Hartlepool, and it was all set to open to customers today.
Dave, 50, who lives in Hart Village, Hartlepool, said: “It feels fab to be opening again. I know this sounds corny but I had to do it for my customers.
“I could have got a job working for somebody else, and carried on like that. But I felt like re-opening was something we needed to do.”
Dave, who is married to NHS worker Alison Deer, 44, and has a daughter Samantha Deer, 19, an equine apprentice, added: “The amount of support we’ve had from people is unbelievable.”
Dave, his wife and daughter went and watched the fire at 4am on the day it broke out.
Insurers told him just hours later that if he was to carry on trading he would need a new base due to the fire leaving the building unsafe.
Dave said thankfully insurance has covered his and his team’s wages since the incident.