‘I can’t put it into words, honestly’: Owner speaks out after shop catches fire

Owner speaks out after fire destroys shop

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - After an early morning fire on April 23 destroyed his business, leaving damages upward of $75,000, the owner now says it’s been a process while figuring out their next steps.

“I can’t put it into words, honestly,” said Michael Broadway, owner of Custom Detail by Michael. “When I got that phone call, I was up and out of bed in less than a minute.”

It was in the early hours of the morning when Broadaway was awakened to a call saying firefighters were at his shop.

He rushed to his business, which is just two miles from his home. When he arrived, it was not in the condition he left it the night before.

It was engulfed in flames and there was nothing he could do but stand and watch.

“You’re helpless and that’s not me. If you know me, I’m not a helpless person,” Broadaway said. “Standing back about 100 yards watching what you worked for all your life go up in flames. It’s just really tough.”

He says that morning and the days that followed were “horrific and stressful.”

While being in Jonesboro for over 16 years and at the location on Colony Drive for three years, he has invested way more than time and money.

It has not been confirmed, but Broadway believes the fire started in the lower office near the breaker panel.

The fire burned several items like compressors and chemicals.

But, in the thick of it, he still has something to be grateful for.

“Pardon the pun, but the smoke has cleared. Everyone is safe. Everyone got to go home to their families,” Broadaway said. “No cars were damaged, and it couldn’t have happened at a better time if there was a better time.”

He’s using that perspective and attitude to push him and his team forward.

“It’s going to take a lot more than this to get us down,” he said. “We might be stumbling but we are going to come back strong.”

He is currently searching for a temporary location. For more information on that and how you can help, click here.

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